A state judge sentenced a Florida man to 35 years in prison for enticing and abducting a teenage girl from her Florida home and stabbing her when police closed in on him after a 40-mile high-speed chase that ended in Lafayette Parish.
Steven Myers, 42, pleaded guilty on Thursday to a count of attempted second-degree murder in Ashley Lyon’s June 2014 stabbing. The girl was 16 years old at the time.
Hillsborough County, Florida, officials plan to prosecute Myers for kidnapping Lyon, although it’s unclear if that will happen before or after he serves time in Louisiana, Assistant District Attorney Daniel Landry said on Friday.
Myers in September sought a sanity commission ahead of his scheduled November trial but instead pleaded in the case. Because Myers has been convicted of a violent crime, he’ll serve at least 85 percent of his sentence — or about 30 years.
When Myers and Lyon walked into the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, a clerk recognized the girl from the Nancy Grace television show and called authorities. Myers then led police west on a high-speed chase on Interstate 10 that ended in Lafayette after the tires on his stolen truck were destroyed by spikes police laid on the road. He drove until the rims were bare and the truck was on fire.
Myers had stabbed the girl and was stabbing himself when police arrested him.
Myers was a Plant City, Florida, resident who had to register as a sex offender. He served two prison sentences in Georgia — on a 1999 child molestation conviction and another conviction for a parole violation — and had been released from prison in February 2012.