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Parsons will stay in prison

Register • May 18, 2013 at 6:35 AM


Special to the Register

Jim Parsons won't be getting out of prison any time soon.

The 75-year-old Parsons, convicted 20 years ago of slaying of his wife Barbara in their Norwalk home, learned Friday his bid for parole was denied. He can apply again in 2116.

"They told him he had three more years to think about it," his daughter Sherry said disgustedly after talking to her father Friday evening. Sherry, who came home from school on Feb. 11, 1981 to find her mother's bludgeoned body in her parents' bedroom, has never believed her father did it.

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At Friday's hearing, which was closed to the public, the review board at Richland Correctional Institution heard Parsons' appeal for freedom via video. "It wasn't even live," Sherry said. She said they dismissed the stack of letters submitted by Parson's friends and numerous elected officials asking for his release. "The board told my dad they didn't care if he was guilty or innocent, he just needs more time to think about it."

Although Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said he thought Parson might be freed given his age and health, Sherry never did. "I never get my hopes up," she said. "I know all of his friends did."

Sherry, who now lives in Tampa, Fla., said her nightmare only started when she found her mother dead. She had to endure 12 years of a community's whisperings, talk that only ended when her father was arrested and then convicted in 1993 of her mom's murder on what she believes was bogus evidence.

And now, 20 years later, she is still suffering as her only living parent languishes in jail.

"It's been enough. It's been 20 fricking years ... It's just unbelievable," she said.

Sherry said her father expected this outcome, but couldn't help but get his hopes up. "He worked so hard for this. His friends worked so hard. And now it's wait, wait, wait again."

"The fricking Norwalk power structure" framed Parsons, Sherry believes. She said hates Norwalk and all of her memories of it. "I'm so glad I'm out of that fricking town." Her mom's real killer still walks free, she believes, while her father is headed back to prison for another three years at least.

Sherry said she has lost her mother, saw her father convicted of her murder and is now watching him die a slow death behind bars.

"This ...," she said, her voice choking with emotion, "it is never ending. Absolutely never ending."

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