A judge on Wednesday ordered an Anniston man to two years of monitored house arrest and three years of probation in connection with the death of an Oxford man in 2011.
Calhoun County Circuit Judge Bud Turner sentenced Donovan Parchman, 24, to just more than 10 years in prison, but placed him on probation and required that he remain under house arrest for two years with GPS monitoring.
If Parchman fails to meet the terms of his probation, the court could require him to serve the remainder of his 130-month sentence in prison. He is to travel only to work, church and his home, Turner said.
Parchman on June 2 pleaded guilty to a charge of manslaughter in the death of 18-year-old Christopher Davis. Davis died nearly six weeks after Parchman struck him in the head with his fist Sept. 28, 2011, causing him to fall and strike his head on pavement on Hickory Drive in Oxford, according to court records. The argument began as a dispute over a dog, police have said.
“Chris was one of the kindest young men you would ever meet,” wrote Leroy Glover, Davis’s grandfather, in a statement read aloud in court Wednesday. “We watched him for weeks, hoping and praying that he would wake from the coma, which he never did.”
Calhoun County Assistant District Attorney Randy Moeller had asked the court to sentence Parchman to a lengthy jail term. A felony manslaughter charge of this nature carries a maximum sentence of 20 years.
“We are seeing an increase over time of a culture of violence in our community,” Moeller told the court. “It seems like it’s OK for violence to be the first answer to your problem.”
Jake Mathews, Parchman’s attorney, said that a “bizarre set of circumstances” led to Davis’ death, and that Parchman pleaded guilty to the crime to spare the victim’s family a trial. Parchman has no other criminal charges, according to court records.
“There’s nothing fair about any of this,” Matthews said. “It’s a tragedy because a young life was lost, and it was all over something stupid.”
In an emotional plea, Parchman turned and spoke to members of Davis’s family, who were seated in the courtroom.
“You have no brother. No son. No grandson, and I apologize. I wish I could take it back,” Parchman said. “People look at me like I’m an animal. I’m not an animal. It was just a mistake.”
“I never meant to hurt him. It was just something that happened. I know it doesn’t do any justice, but that’s all I have,” Parchman said, before Turner gave his ruling.
“This case has been a difficult one. My heart goes out to this victim’s family, and to the defendant’s family,” Turner said.
Turner also ordered Parchman to pay $15,329 in restitution for Davis’s funeral costs, and gave Parchman credit for 204 days of jail time served while awaiting trial.
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