Adam Longoria and Alicia DeBolt met at a party on July 18, 2010, and soon a relationship, of sorts, bloomed by way of text messages.
There was one problem, however: Longoria was 36 years-old and Alicia was only 14.
The man who was old enough to know better eagerly pursued the young girl who had yet to begin her Freshman year at Great Bend High School where she had just landed a spot on the cheerleading squad.
It’s obvious to the average person reading the text messages that teenage Alicia isn’t quite sure how to handle Longoria’s aggressive flirtations. In the way coming-of-age girls are prone to do, Alicia responds to Longoria with minimal responses intended to give a brush off but without hurting the older man’s feelings.
But Adam Longoria isn’t your average person. Not by a long shot.
Even after his live-in girlfriend discovers Longoria’s text exchanges with Alicia and, for all intents and purposes, tells the little girl to scram, Longoria gets a new phone and continues to aggressively pursue Alicia.
And what better way to lure a young girl to her death than with the promises of a party, which is exactly what Adam Longoria did on the evening of August 21, 2010. Sending a text to Alicia, Longoria says he has five cases of beer, one house, and lots of people. Alicia agreed to go and provides Longoria with her home address. Alicia also texts a friend and tells her she can come to the party too.
At 11:01 p.m., Alicia received a text message from Longoria stating, “I’m here.” As the black SUV pulled out of her drive, it was the last time Alicia DeBolt was seen alive.
The next day Alicia’s family reported her missing and a search ensued for the next three days until the teen’s body was discovered at the Venture Corporation plant where Longoria was an employee. Alicia DeBolt had been bound with duct tape and burned.
Investigators learned quickly of the text messages between Longoria and Alicia. They also discovered Longoria had returned home to his girlfriend on that August evening smelling of gasoline and video surveillance of a nearby gas station showed Longoria purchasing $1.32 worth of fuel. Detectives later obtained information Longoria had stolen one of the company’s black SUVs on the night of the murder and DNA tests of fluids found in the car would reveal Longoria’s semen mixed with Alicia’s DNA.
In April 2012, jurors returned a verdict of guilty against Longoria on the charges of aggravated criminal sodomy, capital murder, and vehicle theft. On June 26, 2012, a judge formally sentenced Adam Longoria to life in prison without possibility of parole.
At only 38 years old, Longoria is facing a very, very long life in prison. But then again, little girl killers aren’t well-received in prison so…