The following news release has been issued by Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office. Suspect has been found guilty in a court of law.
Murphy, NC— Nearly two years after 56-year-old Douglas Glenn Parker, of Dalton, Georgia was charged with the murder of his mother and sister, he pleaded guilty. On Thursday, April 17, Judge G. Carey Nelson sentenced Parker to 2 concurrent life without parole sentences, and an additional 6 years.
In June of 2012, Parker and his wife were found by Patrol Officers of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office on the side of the road under the influence of drugs. Parker and his wife were arrested by Cherokee County Sheriff’s Deputies. After Georgia Bureau of Investigation Agents were informed of Parker’s incarceration in the Cherokee County Detention Center, they had Parker extradited back to Gordon County, Georgia.
“We are pleased with the outcome of this case,” Gordon County Sheriff Mitch Ralston said. “I commend each of the deputy sheriffs and detectives on my staff, the agents from our local GBI office, the Sheriff of Cherokee County, North Carolina and his deputies, and our District Attorney Rosemary Greene and her staff who all worked very diligently to resolve a difficult and complicated case. Our hearts go out to the family, which was shattered by these senseless killings.”
Sheriff Keith Lovin commended Sgt. Harold Mashburn, Detective Robert “Todd” White, Detention Officer Rebecca White, Chaplain Allen Wildsmith and Deputy Adam May for their diligence and team work in this apprehension. “What started out as a traffic stop by alert, Patrol Officers, combined with the team effort of the rest of the Sheriff’s Office, helped bring a very dangerous criminal to justice!”
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