Lawrence man sentenced to 6 years in prison for trying to throw woman off bridge

photo by: Douglas County Sheriff's Office

Adam Blake Amyx Jr.

A Lawrence man was sentenced Friday in Douglas County District Court to six years in prison for trying to throw a woman off the Kansas River Bridge, according to a news release from the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office.

The man, Adam B. Amyx Jr., 38, was convicted of attempted second-degree murder after he pleaded no contest to the charge in March. Amyx was also charged with three felony counts of criminal threat, but those charges were dismissed by the state as a part of the plea agreement.

The charges relate to an incident on April 14, 2022, when a 21-year-old woman was crossing on the southbound side of the bridge and encountered Amyx yelling and cursing. Amyx lifted the woman and tried to throw her off the bridge, as the Journal-World reported.

Amyx told Judge Stacey Donovan at the plea hearing that he had mental health problems that made it difficult for him to make decisions but that he was currently on medication. Amyx will also be required to register as a violent offender, Donovan said at the time.

Amyx was convicted in Douglas County in 2015 for a low-level drug possession felony, according to court records. He has multiple misdemeanor convictions in Douglas County, including domestic battery in 2005 and 2010 and disorderly conduct convictions in 2009 and 2011.


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