Lawrence man convicted of misdemeanor, sentenced in stabbing case

photo by: Douglas County Sheriff's Office

Devintrey T. Adams

In a plea deal, a Lawrence man initially charged with felony aggravated battery in a reported stabbing in 2017 has been convicted of misdemeanor disorderly conduct instead.

Devintrey T. Adams, 42, had been scheduled to go on trial Monday.

However, he entered a plea last week and was sentenced to a month in jail, which he already served while the case was pending, according to Cheryl Wright Kunard, assistant to the Douglas County District Attorney.

Adams’ plea in the stabbing case was rolled together with a plea in another new case he picked up this fall: two misdemeanor charges for allegedly battering a woman and damaging a chair that belonged to her, according to the complaint.

In the new case, Adams also pleaded no contest to one count of disorderly conduct, Wright Kunard said. She said he was sentenced to six months of probation and ordered to complete anger management, obtain a substance abuse evaluation and comply with treatment recommendations.

Both plea agreements were “in keeping with the wishes of the victims” in the cases, Wright Kunard said.

The stabbing was reported about 2:20 a.m. July 22, 2017, in the 900 block of Kentucky Street.

Lawrence police officers found a 44-year-old Lawrence resident with injuries consistent with a stab wound. The man was taken by ambulance to a regional hospital, in serious condition.

Adams was arrested that day and charged with aggravated battery, a felony, for allegedly causing great bodily harm to the man, though the charges did not specify a weapon.

Adams was released on $20,000 bond about two months after his arrest, according to court records. His appointed attorney was Gerald Wells.

Contact Journal-World public safety reporter Sara Shepherd


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