Guilty plea to stabbing Valrico girl after 40-mile chase

Ashley Lyon, left, Steven Myers, right, were found after a truck stop cashier recognized them.

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) – A registered sex offender has pleaded guilty to attempted murder for stabbing a 16-year-old Florida girl at the end of a chase that started when a truck-stop cashier recognized them from a crime show’s video.

The Advertiser reports that 42-year-old Steven Myers of Plant City, Florida, was sentenced Thursday to 35 years at hard labor on the charge of attempted second-degree murder.

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Ashley Lyon, 16, was reported missing in June 2014. Authorities said she wasn’t kidnapped, but Myers had manipulated her to go with him.

They were found after a Louisiana truck stop cashier spotted them and called police, starting a 40-mile chase. It ended after officers threw down spike strips to blow out the tires on Myers’ truck.

Myers stabbed the girl nine or 10 times, but she survived. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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