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.
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.