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A 77-year-old state prison inmate who had previously been convicted of murder pleaded guilty to killing a 21-year-old woman in 1980 and then abandoning her body in rural Dixon.

Herman Lee Hobbs, 77 (Reporter File/Joel Rosenbaum)
Herman Lee Hobbs, 77 (Reporter File/Joel Rosenbaum)

According to official court records, Herman Lee Hobbs, whose preliminary hearing was vacated on July 10, entered a guilty plea to one count of premeditated murder at Vallejo’s Department 15 on June 14. Hobbs pleaded not guilty but essentially stated that he would not offer a defense.

Judge Robert Bowers immediately found him guilty and scheduled sentencing and sentencing for July 15 at 9 a.m. in the courthouse. Hobbs is sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for the death of Holly Ann Campiglia of New Jersey.

Court records also indicated that the prison sentence for the crimes committed in Sacramento and Yuba counties, for which he is serving a sentence at Valley State Prison in Chowchilla, will be consecutive.

The judge dismissed one charge in the case against Hobbs: felon in possession of a firearm.

Hobbs was represented by Assistant Public Defenders Nick Filloy and co-counsel Matthew Adler. The prosecution was led by Solano County District Attorney Krishna Abrams.

Hobbs was convicted in 2005 of a 1975 murder in Sacramento. At previous court appearances, he was shackled and dressed in a striped prison jumpsuit and entered the courtroom sitting in a wheelchair.

As previously reported, Hobbs was arrested on February 24 of last year by Solano County Sheriff’s officials at the Chowchilla Jail on murder charges.

Sheriff’s officials announced the arrest in a social media post on Feb. 27, saying he was taken into custody in connection with Campiglia’s death. He is being held without bail in the Solano County Jail for his June conviction and is also incarcerated in a state prison.

In August 1980, authorities say, two field workers discovered the body of a woman in a cornfield on Sievers Road in rural Dixon. She had been shot multiple times in the head and neck and was subsequently listed as an unknown perpetrator for over ten years.

In 1992, the Solano County Coroner’s Office was contacted by the National Missing Persons Unit and the woman was identified as Campiglia.