Lawrence highway shooter gets 18 years in prison

Brittany Smith and E.J. Parker
Brittany Smith and E.J. Parker

LAWRENCE – A Lawrence man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for shooting at a man on a highway south of Lawrence after plotting with the victim’s ex-girlfriend.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that 25-year-old Edward “E.J.” Parker was sentenced Friday in Douglas County after pleading no contest in January to attempted second-degree murder. He initially was charged with attempted first-degree murder.

The victim, 24-year-old Skylar Workman, survived after being shot in May on U.S. 59. Workman’s ex-girlfriend, Brittany Nicole Smith, was sentenced earlier to more than eight years in prison for arranging the shooting.

As part of their sentences, Smith and Parker are ordered to pay Workman more than $123,000 in restitution for his medical bills.