Pair pleads guilty after opening fire on Franklin officer

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 6:52pm
Staff reports

Two Millersville men, who fired shots at a Franklin police officer while fleeing from a robbery, pleaded guilty last week in Williamson County Criminal Court.

Kevin Adams pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree murder, aggravated robbery, felony theft, and evading arrest. Johnny Himes pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder, especially aggravated robbery, felony theft, and evading arrest.

The charges stem from their involvement in the Jan. 10 robbery of a Lewisburg Pike gas station.

Franklin officer Jessica Sterling spotted their getaway car traveling north on Interstate 65. As she pursued the vehicle, Himes shot several times at the officer from the passenger side of the vehicle, police said.

The suspects eluded police at the I-65 and Interstate 24/440 split, but were arrested three days later at a Millersville trailer park.

Both have remained in the Williamson County Jail since the time of their arrest.

Adams was sentenced to 10 years in prison and will be required to serve at least 60 percent of that sentence. Himes received a 20-year prison sentence and will be required to serve 100 percent of that sentence.