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Child Molester Kills Himself in Court With Cyanide

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It was like a scene out of a spy thriller. Steve Parsons of Maryville, Missouri, was absolutely not going to jail.

Parsons, age 48, had been accused of forcible sodomy of a 14-year-old girl. He was having his day in court and a verdict had been read. He was found guilty, not of forcible sodomy, but of statutory sodomy. The crime carried a sentence of up to 7 years in prison.

What witnesses describe next, according to a local news station, is something they will likely not forget for the rest of their lives. Nodaway County Sheriff Darren White tells what happened in the courtroom as the jurors pronounced Parsons guilty.

As the judge was polling the jury, Mr. Parsons stood up, walked to where I was seated and looked at me and said, ‘I’m going to throw up.’ He picked up a drink, took a very small drink out of this cup, and then returned to his seat. Less than two minutes after that, Mr. Parsons arched his back and began to have a seizure.

White said that Parsons collapsed to the floor and began convulsing. He stopped breathing on the way to a nearby hospital, and later died.

On Friday authorities searched Parsons car and found a piece of paper with a phone number on it. It turned out to be for a chemical company. Further investigation revealed that Parsons had bought 100 grams of cyanide from the company and apparently ingested it in the courtroom, killing himself in front of the judge, jurors, sheriff and onlookers, rather than go to jail. An autopsy report confirmed that his death was a result of cyanide poisoning.

The prosecuting attorney who brought Parsons case to trial, Jerry Biggs, said, “I can’t speculate to what he was going through, but I’m firmly convinced that his death was not a result of a wrongful verdict by the jury. This was a girl who had been wronged and was determined and brave enough to make things right.”

Child Molester Kills Himself in Court With Cyanide
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  • Name

    Of course the prosecutor would say that his actions were not because of a wrongful verdict by the jury. Prosecutors are paid to lie and twist things. There is a HUGE difference between forcible and statutory situations. I wonder why the jury reduced the charges.

    If a man died over a consensual act, then that is horrible. If he died over his own guilt from a forced act, then I guess that is just the way things are.

    I have seen many of these types of cases and many prosecutors exaggerate and lie about them. Many men go to prison for consensual acts where no one is harmed.

    At the end of the day, I wasn’t there so I don’t know intimate details. All I know is that it takes a lot for a person to kill themselves and if a man died over consensual oral sex, that is crazy.

    • Jennifer

      The girl was 14. She is too young to legally be able to consent. By law, she isn’t capable of realizing the long-term consequences of her choice, and therefore, Mr. Parsons was indeed guilty of statutory sodomy. He was the adult and was supposed to be the responsible one and say no.

    • mindyourbusiness

      Were you in similar situations?

  • bobby blacksheep

    He just bought the one way ticket to hell

  • Kristy Stone

    Where’d he get the cyanide from? And good thing he took it…because he was going to get his ass beaten in prison, and he would have been brutally tortured. You fuck with kids, you will pay for it.