Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police

Contact: BPD Media Relations Office


Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Guilty Plea in 1998 murder of Boisean Kay Lynn Jackson

Released today from the Ada County Prosecutor:

Boise, Dec. 3, 2013 - Patrick Jon Zacharias, 40 (Ada County Case CRFE2013-5737) entered pleas of guilty today to the charges of Murder in the First Degree and Rape, both felonies. On April 30, 2013, Zacharias was charged with the First Degree Murder and Rape of Kay Lynn Jackson committed on April 5, 1998. 

Zacharias raped and killed Kay Lynn Jackson on April 5, 1998, along an undeveloped area of the Boise Greenbelt. Jackson was last seen walking near the area of her church. Boise Police detectives investigated the case for 14 years until finally receiving a positive identification from the National DNA database that matched Zacharias.

The State and Defendant Zacharias have entered into a stipulated plea agreement that calls for District Judge Wilper to sentence Zacharias to a consecutive fixed life sentence in prison without the possibility of parole to be served after he serves the life sentence he is currently serving for a Kidnapping conviction from 2006. Additionally, as part of the binding plea agreement, the Defendant has agreed to waive any and all appeals in exchange for the State agreeing not to pursue the Death Penalty.

Should Judge Wilper not agree to this binding agreement or should the defendant be successful in a request to withdraw his plea, the State would then be free to pursue any sentence up to the maximum which could include the Death Penalty.

Sentencing in the case has been scheduled for January 17th, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. before the Honorable Ronald Wilper.

For previous news releases from Boise Police and Ada County Prosecutors on this case, please go to: