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Edgecombe boy's uncle pleads guilty to shooting death

Posted May 31, 2013

— A Franklinton man pleaded guilty Friday to a charge of involuntary manslaughter in the December shooting death of his 12-year-old nephew while they were on a hunting trip in Wake Forest.

Jason Matthews Parker, 30, received a suspended sentence of 13 to 25 months and was placed on a year of supervised probation followed by a year of unsupervised probation. He was also ordered to pay court costs.

Authorities say James Lee Parker, of Tarboro, was deer hunting with his father, 16-year-old cousin and Jason Parker on the morning of Dec. 28 when Jason Parker shot him with a 12-gauge shotgun.

James was about 100 yards in the woods when the shooting occurred.

Jason Parker also pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawful obtaining of a hunting license.

As part of his sentence, he was also ordered to serve one day in jail but was credited for time served.

He also is prohibited to hunt or obtain a hunting license while on probation.

James Parker was a sixth-grader at Phillips Middle School in Edgecombe County. His family had said he was an avid hunter since he was 4.

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  • whoami May 31, 6:13 p.m.

    Politics has NOTHING to do with this. A child. DEAD. At the hands of an irresponsible adult. The end. So what he has to live with his mistake the rest of his life? Would you say that about a drunk driver? Someone who ran a stop sign and killed your child? Stop seeing the gun and the politics and see the dead child, please.

  • stymieindurham May 31, 5:02 p.m.

    "He should be in prison for this. How can someone like this function in society if they randomly shoot at things in the woods?"
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    Your "tag" explains your bias and lack of concern for their family. YOU should be embarrassed.

  • MDL33 May 31, 4:54 p.m.

    You know, gun ownership is evidently kind of like being a terrorist except you screw up one time people die. Unlike a terrorist they succeed one time they win. I am sorry Uncle, I realyl feel for you and your family. Us gun owners /hunters, we only get one chance. We have got to learn from this and never let our guard down. I can not imagine what he is and has gone through.

  • Obamacare for life May 31, 4:36 p.m.

    He should be in prison for this. How can someone like this function in society if they randomly shoot at things in the woods?

  • 1nclady May 31, 4:19 p.m.

    This poor guy will have to live with this the rest of his life. That's by far a worse punishment than we could ever hand out.

  • smcallah May 31, 4:00 p.m.

    "Probation? For killing a child? He should be in JAIL."

    Jail for a true accident? He wasn't drunk or on drugs. He wasn't playing around.

    He's now a convicted felon, that's a pretty big punishment for an accident like this as is. He now must put that on every job application and it will show up in every background check for every job he applies for as well.

    I hope you never have an accident such as this and have to face jail or probation for a felony.

  • oldreb1965 May 31, 3:55 p.m.

    "The minimum age for hunting or handling a gun should be 18. There is no reason a kid needs to be shooting guns."
    May I point out that it was not the boy's fault? It was the fault of an responsible adult. So you idea would not have prevented this. If it wasn't the boy then he may have shot another adult. Fact is allowing kids to hunt at an early age teach them good gun responsibility and better respect for weapons.

  • TimeWillTell May 31, 3:54 p.m.

    "The minimum age for hunting or handling a gun should be 18. There is no reason a kid needs to be shooting guns."

    And the basis for this is... what?

    I have yet to encounter someone making statements like this who has any experience with firearms whatsoever.

    On the other hand, I have competed against sixteen-year-olds who were classed in the highest categories of the various disciplines in which I participated. One of the young men was 11 years old when he missed one target out of 400 to win a major regional competition.

    I have also seen what guilt does to an otherwise conscientious person who accidentally takes a life - whether by firearm, motor vehicle, or any other cause. You people who judge so harshly have no clue what this guy is suffering.

  • colinmb123us May 31, 3:52 p.m.

    Black powder I agree with as they are not considered "firearms" under the law, but shotguns are. As of 2004, I was under the impression that North Carolina basically followed federal law with regards to this and only "black powder and antique" guns were exempt.

  • smcallah May 31, 3:50 p.m.

    "The minimum age for hunting or handling a gun should be 18. There is no reason a kid needs to be shooting guns."

    Why? Explain your reasons.

    Especially since this was not caused by the child. Even if the child did not hold a gun on this hunting trip or do any of the actual hunting, he was shot by a 26 year old. Not someone under 18. So I see little point to your assertion that children should not be able to use a gun, since that wouldn't have made this accident not happen in the first place.

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