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Parrent convicted of drug possession

FARMINGTON — One of the men found guilty of manslaughter in the death of a former Green Beret has a new conviction.

On Friday, Circuit Court Judge Kenneth W. Pratte sentenced Jason A. Parrent, 30, of Farmington, to 30 days in jail for possession of a controlled substance. The sentence will run concurrent to his manslaughter case involving Donis Clanton.

Special Prosecutor Carl Kinsky said the ultimate goal was for Parrent to have another conviction so that if he is ever charged again, he can be charged as a prior and persistent offender.

According to court records, officers were dispatched to a home in Farmington in June of 2009 for a disturbance involving a gun. Witnesses said Parrent and another person got into an argument and Parrent threatened him, flourishing a pellet handgun. He was found in possession of a controlled substance.

The unlawful use of a weapon charge was dismissed as part of the agreement.

In other cases, Christopher Matthew Garvey, 26, of Farmington, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for distribution of a controlled substance. The judge will consider releasing him on probation after he completes a 120-day drug treatment program.

Amy Olive Whaley, 35, of Farmington, was sentenced to seven years in prison for two counts of sale of heroin. The judge will consider releasing him on probation after she completes a 120-day shock incarceration program.

Jeffrey L. Green, 47, of Leadington, was sentenced to seven years in prison for manufacture of meth.

Aaron Niswonger, 35, of Farmington Correctional Center, was sentenced to two years in prison for second-degree assault.

Ronnie E. Allen, 32, a Bowling Green inmate, was sentenced to three years in prison for possession of marijuana in prison.

Nathan Parsons, 26, a Farmington Correctional Center inmate, was sentenced to seven years in prison for distribution of marijuana.

Blake Thurmond, 28, of Bonne Terre, was sentenced to seven years in prison for burglary and for violating the probation he received for second-degree assault.

Placed on five years of supervised probation were Kevin Dale Barlow, 24, of Doe Run, for possession of a chemical with intent to make meth; Zachary C. Agnew, 21, of Desloge, for possession of heroin; Cori Steinmetz, 24, of Farmington, for possession of a controlled substance; Jeffrey Kinsey, 48, of Park Hills, for child molestation; Craig M. Eck, 30, of Farmington, for possession of a controlled substance; Joseph Tutor, 53, of Bismarck, for two counts of second-degree assault-vehicular; Richard Gebhardt Jr., 28, of Farmington, for DWI; Jessie Moreland, 26, of Farmington, for possession of meth and possession of heroin; Virgil Jack Cain Jr., 39, of Desloge, for possession of meth and possession of a chemical with intent to make meth; and Erica Missey, 30, of Farmington, for stealing by deceit.

Chase Norman, 26, of Bonne Terre, pleaded guilty to possession of a meth and possession of a chemical with intent to make meth. He will be sentenced at a later date.

Teresa Ressel is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-431-2010, ext. 179 or at tressel@dailyjournalonline.com.

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