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Thursday, April 06, 2006

Cold Case Files of Stacy Mccray: Results in Indictment

From the Office of United States Attorney John L. Brownlee:

April 4, 2006


United States Attorney John L. Brownlee announced today that Mark Jason Parris, age 35, of Glade Springs, Virginia, was indicted by a federal Grand Jury sitting in Abingdon, Virginia.
Parris was charged in a three count indictment with drug and obstruction of justice offenses.

These charges arose out of an investigation into the disappearance of Washington County resident Stacy McCray in November 2002 and the discovery of her skeletal remains in the Jefferson National Forest two years later. It is charged in the indictment that Parris was engaged in a drug conspiracy which included the distribution of drugs to McCray. It is also charged that Parris disposed of McCray’s body in an attempt to cover up and obstruct any investigation into this drug dealing activities. The government has not charged the cause of McCray’s death in this indictment.

If convicted on all counts, the maximum penalty faced by the defendant is 45 years imprisonment and/or a fine of $1.25 million.

The investigation of the case was conducted by Detective Mike Martin for the Washington County Sheriff’s Department and Special Agent Tim Burke for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Criminal Chief Thomas J. Bondurant, Jr. will prosecute the case. For further information, please contact Mr. Bondurant at 540-857-2379.

A Grand Jury indictment is only a charge and not evidence of guilt. The defendant is entitled to a fair trial with the burden on the government to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.


At 6:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's encouraging to see that crimes are getting solved in our town that prior to this have not been solved. We have a true problem in this town, that as been overlooked in the past. Hopefully this will lead to a conviction, because this poor girl, no matter what her problems were, did not deserve to lay in the forest for as long as she did.

At 10:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Drugs are ruining this country is what Law inforcement has said for many years. We see it more and more tearing families apart. it seems to take over one,s life and they hit rock bottom causing them to do things one would never think, of doing it seems, as I have worked with some , read about others and even have seen what happens to others taking the substance Who will be next, what family will be next to learn the horrable news, of a love one mixed up in drugs and what will the outcome be . It needs to get out of this country and away from young people, children and others. Also look what is going on in Martinsville Va. What do we expect if the law inforcement is in such a mess what do we expect from the little man?

At 1:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Officials need to look into the disappearance of Cody Scott Matney. He went missing In April 2002 from a now closed bar in Bristol TN. The bar was a known hangout of Mr. Parris. Mark Parris was evil, even as a kid, and would do all sorts of things for kicks. Cody Matney is still missing, and I would not be surprised if Parris was involved.


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