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Former Kansas inmate who killed 3 in DUI accident has parole revoked

January 13, 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.

The Kansas Department of Corrections is revoking the parole of a former Kansas inmate — who killed three people in a drunken driving accident in 2005 — after she was arrested in Oklahoma on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Jeremy Barclay, KDOC spokesman, said his agency issued an arrest warrant for Jennifer Lyn Adams, 36, following news that Adams was arrested in October in Bixby, Okla., on charges of DUI, drug possession, driving left of center and transporting an open container.

Adams spent six years in a Kansas prison after pleading guilty in Sherman County to three counts of involuntary manslaughter. Adams was drunk when 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.

The Oklahoma misdemeanor DUI charge had 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.

But Barclay said Adams is in violation of her parole terms, which prohibit her from drinking alcohol. The violation allows the KDOC to issue a warrant and send Adams back to prison, he said.

Adams was arrested last week in Oklahoma on the warrant and will be transported back to Kansas, Barclay said.

Though Adams was prohibited from drinking alcohol, an Oklahoma Department of Corrections spokesman said that Adams had not been placed on any type of alcohol-monitoring device.

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


maddoklahoma 1 year, 3 months ago

A loving sweet person? I beg to differ. She was a short tempered vengeful person. She was rude to many who knew her and for the most part treated her mom unfairly. She drank and continued to drink, especially in the tulsa area. She also showed signs of bipolar. SHe would through fits and actually throw objects at people. A great job? SHe worked as a general manager at some cheap hotel and only got that job because they didnt require background checks. She only cared about herself, and if you read the stories about her sentencing she never did ONCE say she was sorry to the family only to the judge. She has no remorse for the human lives she has taken. The biggest part is she told no one of this, just living in the shadows of her evil ways. She gave back to society by running marathons? she did that as exercise because she was a little thinck. It was only a matter of time before she killed someone else, thank the lord that more lives were spared now that she is no longer a threat to society.


tomatogrower 1 year, 3 months ago

JamesRory sounds like an enabler. You have to use tough love with friends and family. You have to call it as you see it. No touchy feely stuff when you are dealing with addiction. For example, if you have someone like this in your family, and they pass out in their own vomit, make sure they aren't going to choke, then leave them there until they wake up. Don't clean them up and put them to bed. If you have a family member who won't take care of their addiction and they live in your house, make them leave, show them where the homeless shelter and LInk kitchen is, and cut the support. It's not easy to do, but most need to hit rock bottom before they can come back up. Her time in prison should have been rock bottom. Taking 3 lives should have been rock bottom. Defending her actions will not allow her to see the errors of her ways, no matter how much guilt she feels. Part of the AA treatment is trying to make amends to those whose life you ruined, including yourself. She hasn't even begun to do this. She has not reached her rock bottom, but others need to be protected from her out of control behavior.


The_Original_Bob 1 year, 3 months ago

"something like this can happen to anyone, you can do that without turning this beautiful person into a drunken criminal to be feared."

Uh, that's pretty much what she is. Nobody called her evil, but she better not be getting behind the wheel any time soon.


Paul Hahn 1 year, 3 months ago

This is the face of addiction: Someone near you, who is a lot like you, who maybe goes to your church or even teaches at your kid's school. How can she DO this after KILLING before??? This is how: She's not in control of herself the way that you non-addicted people are in control of yourselves. How sick in the head would YOU have to be to do what she did? Pretty sick in the head, right? That's her: Sick. When adequate funding isn't available for treatment, ordinary - but sick - people make these choices over and over again, until they find a way to get the help they need, or die from their addiction, or die in jail.


Leslie Swearingen 1 year, 3 months ago

I wonder if this is really any different than, say, elderly people who drive with impairments and yet keep driving because their families don't want to take away their independence. Or, perhaps, have to drive them somewhere. The elderly have been know to kill while driving.

My thing is that there are several groups of people who are a menace when they are on the roadways, driving, cycling or walking and they must be dealt with one by one.

I hope that Jennifer goes though an alcohol rehab program in prison and that she has friends and family who are willing to be honest with her and not worry about hurting her feelings, but rather about returning her to society, which includes more than them, as a functioning citizen.


toe 1 year, 3 months ago

There needs to be a national commission on drunk drivers and alcohol abuse. Biden should head it up and summon all the necessary people to give input. There should be a limit on the size of bottles and glasses with increased penalties for failure to register as an habitual user. Confiscation of alcohol should be seriously considered. Thousands of senseless deaths due to alcohol. It is an outrage.


cheeseburger 1 year, 3 months ago

It's not fair for you to say that she's not any different than any of us. I do not drink, and obviously do not drink and drive. And I surely have not killed anyone, let alone three people. So, I AM different than her.

It's funny you should say, 'Wait until it happens to someone you care about. Then you'll be less likely to see the world in binary terms.' I wonder what your mood would be if a hopeless drunk mows over your family. I'm sure you'd be OK with it as long as the murderer was nice and sweet.


rcr 1 year, 3 months ago

"I've never met anyone who felt more guilty for what they've done."

Really? She felt so guilty that she went out drinking and driving once again. Thank god she was arrested this time, before killing more innocent people.

It does not mater where she is from, she needs to be returned to prison for the remainder of her sentence. She can deal with her guilt there.


JamesRory 1 year, 3 months ago

Shaun Hittle- When you became a journalist, did you expect to be writing stupid stories for the sole purpose of getting people to click on a link and feeding into the narrow-mindedness of society? Jennifer Adams is a sweet girl who at was at one point an Elementary School teacher. She made a huge mistake and she paid 6 years of her life because of it. I've never met anyone who felt more guilty for what they've done. If you've never known anyone who has had a few drinks and driven home, congratulations. Most of us are not so lucky. It's a terrible thing to do, but to demonize her the way you did is disgusting. She is not even from Lawrence, the immediate area OR even the STATE, so for you to write about her and put her on the front page is cruel. She screwed up. She has a problem. She is also a beautiful, sweet, kind, intelligent, and compassionate person. Don't you think it would be difficult for her to live with what she did every day of her life? For a woman with her heart, that is punishment enough. She runs marathons and 5k's in order to raise money for society to make up for her past . She had a great job in Oklahoma and was going back to school to rebuild her life. She made a mistake... not unlike probably half of Lawrence. If the purpose of writing the article is to provide some sort of a warning to the college-aged population of Lawrence that something like this can happen to anyone, you can do that without turning this beautiful person into a drunken criminal to be feared. If you let people recognize themselves in her by showing what kind of person she really is instead of turning her into an evil person where people want to "behead" her or throw her in prison and throw away the key, people will be more likely to walk away from reading the article learning a lesson. The criminal justice system is not just for the "others" in society. They are our mothers, daughters, fathers, brothers and friends. The world we live in is not black and white and we can not automatically judge people based on a specific action or mistake they made. So I advise you that next time you write an article about someone, regardless of what they did, please recognize that these people are PEOPLE and deserve to be treated as such. As a journalist you have a huge influence over your readers, members of society and if we are ever going to progress as a society, people with your kind of power need to be more tactful instead of sensationalizing stories for your own agenda. By writing this story the way you did, you are nothing but a tool, a sheep.


theoljhawk 1 year, 3 months ago

Make her serve her entire sentence! 6 years for 3 counts of manslaughter? Wow! Life is cheap! She should never be able to drive again!


cheeseburger 1 year, 3 months ago

Six years for taking three innocent lives? Further proof that Kansas laws regarding DUI are lax and flawed.

For society's sake, throw her back in the klink and throw away the key. She obviously hasn't learned a darned thing since her previous killing spree.


Clickker 1 year, 3 months ago

The whole thing is too bad. She does not look like someone who would have these kinds of issues. Sad.


Keith Richards 1 year, 3 months ago

I can't believe the family of the deceased has not sued the police officer for negligence. How you can stop someone, who we now know was drunk, twice within 5 miles for speeding with the first stop for driving 96mph, and the second for driving 104mph and not arrest the woman? He could have saved 3 people's lives.


christie 1 year, 3 months ago

From a bleeding heart liberal: I think all of those who were involved with the decision to grant her parole should have to serve her remaining sentence as well.

Want more? Ok... how about this: The only think I like about the Saudi legal system is the punishment for DUI. First offense - beheading. Second offense.... oooops.


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