Archive for Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Douglas County judge sentences Lawrence man in attempted murder case

March 2, 2010, 3:11 p.m. Updated March 2, 2010, 4:10 p.m.


A Douglas County judge on Tuesday sentenced a Lawrence man to 8 1/2 years in prison for trying to kill a Kansas City man in June, prosecutors said.

James "Jimmy" McAdams, 19, in February entered pleas to charges of attempted second-degree murder and aggravated intimidation of a witness or victim, both felonies.

Lawrence police said McAdams fired shots at a 20-year-old Kansas City, Mo., man just before 2 a.m. June 19, after a robbery attempt near 24th Street and Murphy Drive, which is southeast of 23rd and Iowa streets. No injuries were reported.

Chief District Judge Robert Fairchild sentenced McAdams to 102 months in prison for the crimes. He'll also serve an additional year in prison for violating probation in a 2008 car burglary case, prosecutors said.


mk9992 8 years, 3 months ago

Is it true that at the sentencing Mcadams said "D'OH!"?

Steve Jacob 8 years, 3 months ago

Tough sentence! Your on probation, you have a gun, you pay the price.

gossipgirl785 8 years, 3 months ago

Wow, just don't seem right. People I know get life and dam near life for selling drugs and this guy gets 81/2 for trying to kill someone. WTF ?? Much Love Terry and Blue!!!! Oh yea and what about Pac, he did the same and he has almost a life sentence?? Oh, and lets not forget about Mardell and Maurice??

Steal from the Government and they not get a cut of the money and get life, Try to kill someone like this guy or remember the guys that killed Quincy they were all out within a couple of years.

I am confused??

Nonsense 8 years, 3 months ago

cheeseburger (anonymous) says... Congrats to Judge Fairchild and the LPD for bringing this scumbag to justice!

March 2, 2010 at 9:01 p.m. ( permalink | suggest removal )

And good job DA's office. This was a group project.

gossipgirl785 8 years, 3 months ago

And if you think he will do 8 1/2 probably not, he will be out in about 5. Just a shame, the time needs to fit the crime! I just don't understand how murderers, attempted murderers and rapists and child molestors get less time than drug dealers and people that rob people, people that dont pay there taxes. WTF It really P* me off! Just goes to show it is really ONLY about the money.

I am not condoning any criminal behavior but come on people! This is just a discrace!

No wonder people are afraid to tell on people that try to hurt them or to be witness for crimes. The criminal will be out soon to try and get revenge. I don't have to much confindence in the legal system. Not the Police, just the attorneys and judges. The Police do the best and then after that it is out of thier hands. They must get aggravated as well.

gossipgirl785 8 years, 3 months ago

Murder, Attempted Murder, Rape, Any thing you do to hurt a child! = 20 to LIFE

Robbery, Selling Drugs, Tax Stuff, Traffic Stuff = 1 Day to 5 Years

Come on is it really that difficult??

gossipgirl785 8 years, 3 months ago

Oh and DUI and stuff like that should be between 1 year for first time offenses with no injuries and 5 years to Life for second and any injuries or Deaths.

Drfingo 8 years, 3 months ago

Robbery isn't really a consentual crime, I'd like to see a bit more for that, but the rest of that YES!!!

gossipgirl785 8 years, 3 months ago


I agree with you, that could be traumatizing for the person getting robbed. ok 5-10 years but if any violence or battery or death occur then it would move up on the time to 20-Life.

gossipgirl785 8 years, 3 months ago

And none of this time is eligable for early release, no good time. Just do the time and realize if you do it again the same thing is going to happen! No probation none of that crap! Also I think they need to make prisoners work to pay for the stay, also to make them pay restitution and pay for thier child support.

All this tv, internet, comisary, visits well no wonder criminals care if they go back to jail or prison. Maybe if they do all the stuff then they could earn these luxerys in jail.

4rmSouthern2Midwest 8 years, 3 months ago

Quincy got shot 18 times and cuz got hit w/ 5yrs......Pac sittin for damn near 40yrs or so...I thought tha Texas judicial system was horrible, but Kansas and this "grid" they use is worse.

lawthing 8 years, 3 months ago


The difference is he got a State sentence, the harsher sentences are Federal

The cop that sold a few stolen games on Ebay a crime that was only around $600 was in Federal court simply because he sold them on the internet.

The Laws have definately not kept up with the times.

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