LAMAR, Mo. — Bobby Bourne Jr., the Lockwood man accused of kidnapping and murdering Adriaunna Horton, a Golden City girl who disappeared after her first day of sixth grade in 2013, avoided a possible death penalty with a plea agreement on Friday, but he will spend the rest of his life in prison.

LAMAR, Mo. — Bobby Bourne Jr., the Lockwood man accused of kidnapping and murdering Adriaunna Horton, a Golden City girl who disappeared after her first day of sixth grade in 2013, avoided a possible death penalty with a plea agreement on Friday, but he will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Barton County Prosecutor Steven Kaderly, in a written release, said Bourne, 39, Lockwood, pleaded guilty to first degree murder and child kidnapping in a hearing before Judge James Journey in the Barton County Courthouse in Lamar Friday afternoon.

“Pursuant to a plea agreement between prosecutors and defense attorneys, done with the assent and approval of the victim's family, Bourne was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole on the murder charge, life imprisonment on the child kidnapping charge, and those sentences were ordered to run consecutively,” Kaderly said in a written release.
Kaderly said at 4:55 p.m. on Aug. 19, 2013, 12-year-old Adriaunna Horton was playing in Hazel Park in Golden City, which is located less than a block from her home in the tiny town of less than 800 people.

Kaderly said Horton was seen by two other children who were also playing in the park getting into the front passenger door of a blue Ford Expedition driven by Bourne.

Horton's sisters ran to their grandparents' home and reported that Adriaunna had left the park with Bourne and the family began searching for her. They reported her missing to Barton County 911 dispatchers at 5:22 p.m.

Kaderly said at 7:05 p.m., Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper Justin LeMasters observed a blue Ford Expedition traveling on Mill Street in Golden City. Bourne was the driver and he was arrested at that time for Child Kidnapping.

Kaderly said during “post-Miranda interviews,” Bourne admitted picking the girl up near Hazel's Park.

He later led investigators to the general area where her buried body was found.

Horton's body was found on Aug. 21, 2013 on a farm in rural Dade County, a short distance outside Golden City.

In 2013, family members said Bourne had worked with Horton's dad, James Horton in years past and Adriaunna had played with Bourne's children when the families lived close to each other.

Kaderly said Bourne admitted he was responsible for Adriaunna's death in a recorded telephone call with his wife.

Adriaunna's funeral on Aug. 28, 2013, filled the Golden City School Gymnasium, which normally holds about 300 people, with about 1,000 people.

Bourne has been in custody since his arrest on parole violations for previous criminal charges.