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Former Kansas inmate who killed three in DUI accident arrested in Oklahoma on suspicion of drunken driving

January 3, 2013


Kansas Department of Corrections photo of Jennifer Lyn Adams, who spent six years in prison for killing three people while driving drunk in 2005.

Kansas Department of Corrections photo of Jennifer Lyn Adams, who spent six years in prison for killing three people while driving drunk in 2005.

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A woman who spent six years in a Kansas prison for killing three people in a drunken driving incident has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in Oklahoma.

Jennifer Lyn Adams, 36, pleaded guilty in Sherman County to three counts of involuntary manslaughter in 2005, after she was involved in an accident on Interstate 70 that killed three Goodland women.

Adams was paroled from prison in July 2011, but moved to Oklahoma, where her parole case was transferred.

In October, Adams was arrested in Bixby, Okla., on charges of DUI, drug possession, driving left of center and transporting an open container.

Those charges have been dropped, but only so prosecutors can refile felony DUI charges against Adams, said Adam Scharn, an assistant district attorney for Tulsa County. Scharn said they learned of Adams' past DUI history only after charging her.

Terms of Adams' parole prohibit her from drinking alcohol. A representative from the Oklahoma Department of Corrections was unable to provide information about whether Adams faced further restrictions as part of her parole conditions, such as being required to wear an alcohol-monitoring device.

It's not yet clear whether Adams had a valid Oklahoma driver's license.

The arrest and charges could also be grounds for Adams' parole to be revoked. A spokesman from the Kansas Department of Corrections did not respond to Journal-World inquiries about the case.


juma 5 years, 4 months ago

The hottest mug shot I have seen! Too bad she has ruined so many lives. Anyone remember The Bad Seed concept?

Maddy Griffin 5 years, 4 months ago

Revoke her parole before she kills someone else. Evidently she hasn't learned.

juma 5 years, 4 months ago

Reading the original article where she was stopped twice for speeding; over 90 and 100 by same cop! And he did not take her off the road!!! This cop should be jailed for gross stupidity!

JAHC 5 years, 4 months ago

Please note, by no means am I defending her or the Officer; one of the women Jennifer killed was a very dear friend of mine. However, Jennifer was drinking vodka which is difficult to detect....then the Sherman County Attorney offered a plea deal to yes our Judicial system is screwed up when someone who kills 3 people gets six years in prison but someone who robs a bank might get 12 years....Christy will never get to her children graduate, get married, or see her grandchildren...there is NO reason Jennifer is walking the streets!

msezdsit 5 years, 4 months ago

When you know what the deal is after your responsible for stealing innocent peoples lives and you still drive under the influence, sounds like you haven't learned a thing and are still willing to put other peoples lives on the line. Hard to have a lot of compassion for this women if they send her back to prison. If they don't send her to prison, the next time we see her name in the paper it may be accompanied by the names of the next people she has sentenced to death.

juma 5 years, 4 months ago

Hey Shaun of LJW. Read your original story!!!! This piece of s.... Is from Colorado Not a Kansan. She was arrested in Kansas .

Shaun Hittle 5 years, 4 months ago

Thanks, you are right. It's been updated.

Shaun LJW

Shaun Hittle 5 years, 4 months ago

Sometimes it's takes a half minute for the story to update...

mdab1609 5 years, 4 months ago

According to a CJOnline article from 2005 Adam's "victims were Aline Becker, 85; her daughter, Mary Wyant, 55; and granddaughter, Christine Williams, 35."

Real glad she was back on the streets again...

Jean Robart 5 years, 4 months ago

Man o man, she really took that lesson to heart, didn't she?

KSManimal 5 years, 4 months ago

Clearly we are not doing enough to stop the criminal use of alcohol. We need to ban hard liquor altogether, then limit wine sales to no more than one bottle, beer sales to no more than a six-pack. And kegs? No one needs those except the professionals, so no more keg sales to the general public. And, of course, background checks for every alcohol purchase. This gal wasn't supposed to be drinking. A background check would have stopped this.


ksjayhawk74 5 years, 4 months ago

I see what you've done there...

Not clever.

kef104 5 years, 4 months ago

Of course those ideas are stupid and will not work. Instead we need to make sure all drivers are drunk. Extra alcohol on the roads will protect us against those drunks that only want to harm us. See, if they think others may be drunk, they will stay home out of fear. Fear is always a motivator.

Maggie Morrissey 5 years, 4 months ago

She will drink until she dies. Unfortunately she is stealing lives along the way! There isn't ANYTHING you can do for an alcoholic. Period. If they won't quit drinking walk away. Sadly I know from experience!

Why should responsible drinkers be punished for the few that don't/won't drink responsibly? Same as any other law. Surely no one is so naive to think that the only way to obtain alcohol is to walk into a liquor store and purchase it???

Background check would have only prevented one thing......her ability to purchase booze herself. A drunk would have moved on to plan B quicker than you can run a back ground check!

KSManimal 5 years, 4 months ago

Why should responsible drinkers be punished for the few that don't/won't drink responsibly? Same as any other law?

No.....the way we respond to firearm crimes is to further restrict responsible, law-abiding gun owners. Everything I suggested there for alcohol is analogous to some gun-control law someone wants to enact (or already has).

I guess it's hard to smell my sarcasm over the 'net; but it's there.

Smarmy_Schoolmarm 5 years, 4 months ago

Bear. Bear. Bear. Bare arms are naked arms. You bear a burden.

gccs14r 5 years, 4 months ago

That's probably her 2005 shot, in which case she looked pretty rough for 29.

Eddie_Haskell 5 years, 4 months ago

I bet the people making the most damning comments here are really unattractive.

bevy 5 years, 4 months ago

Here's an idea. You kill 3 people driving drunk - you can get out of jail in a few years. But we will take away your eyesight. That way, you can still drink all you want, but you won't be able to drive and kill more people!

I know that sounds barbaric, but I can't think of another way that would truly prevent people like this woman from killing again. Breathalyzers can be fooled, and people like her with no regard for either human life or the law won't abide by any other restrictions we can impose. A blind life is still better than what her three victims got.

Bob Forer 5 years, 4 months ago

If he attorney had been a little smarter, after fnding out about her prior criminal history he or she should advised her to immediately go into court and plead guilty to the improperly filed misdemeanor charge. By the time the state found out about the prior DUI with imprisonment, double jeopardy would have prevented them from increasing the current charge to a felony. \

But who said all attorneys were bright?

jhawkinsf 5 years, 4 months ago

While that may have provided her with some benefit, it would have been to the detriment of the rest of society. While I understand attorneys have an obligation to their clients, they also have an obligation to humanity.

Bob Forer 5 years, 4 months ago

You obviously have no clue as to the ethical responsibility of an attorney to zealously represent their client within the boundaries of the law.. Based on what you are saying, if a defense attorney is convinced that his client is guilty of murder, he should "throw in the towel" to fulfill his alleged "obligation to humanity."

I am glad you didn't go to law school. You would have been disbarred long ago,. wasting your tuition and three years of your life.

tomatogrower 5 years, 4 months ago

Fortunately she didn't have a good lawyer. Sorry she lost her "right" to kill people with her car. Put the bimbo back in prison.

jhawkinsf 5 years, 4 months ago

I too am glad I didn't attend law school. I would be unable to live with myself, being a member of a profession in such need of repair, yet so consumed in self importance, unable to see what is obvious to a mere lay person. Then again, perhaps the best and brightest in that profession aspire to loftier goals, like Congress, another bastion of self righteousness. Hopefully, the next person this woman kills won't be an attorney, for that too would be a waste of tuition, three years of training, and oh, yes, a waste of a human life.

Lifefriend 5 years, 4 months ago

It really is amazing to me how some people can be so flippant about other people's lives. I was privileged to know the three beautiful women that this one person took from this world by her selfish acts. They were all vivacious, caring, responsible women and the city of Goodland, Kansas lost a lot when they were taken. They were all mothers, daughters, wives, friends and co-workers. Before you post anymore of how hot this person is, think about the beauty of those she took away. So many lives were affected and changed drastically by her drinking and driving. I do not know what the solution is about arresting and convicting drunk drivers, and keeping them off the road. Each one of us knows people who have been arrested and convicted of drunk driving, yet they choose to disobey the law and continue their habits. My only hope is that no one who reads this article or the posts has to deal with the devastation the families, friends, co-workers and acquaintances of Aileen, Mary and Christie faced in 2005 and still face today. PS: Christie was the mother of 2 young children at her death; who grew up without their mother, thanks to this person.

bearded_gnome 5 years, 4 months ago

funny how our prejudices work: when I read the headline, I automatically thought of a male driver.

our society is far too easy on drunk drivers. it is past time to dramatically toughen our response: I think I read that a person dies on our roads every 42 seconds inamerica these days. much of that is fueled by alcohol and driving.

it's time to confiscate the cars driven by drunken drivers.
it's time to start charging drunken drivers with murder when they kill because they know what can happen when they drive drunk, as this Jennifer Adams certainly did.
maybe mandatory death penalty for that murder sentence if found guilty on a second or later DUI?

and that death penalty should be structured to be more swift and sure than the current form in many states.

something has to change.

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