Community reacts to verdict and sentencing in Parrish trial

By Nicole Bell - bio | email

Posted by Terry Alexander - email

POWHATAN, VA (WWBT) - The case against the Parrish cousins has taken a toll on Powhatan county. Some residents say the outcome of this case is sparking debate and anger.

NBC12 traveled to Powhatan county and randomly asked as many people as we could about their take on the verdict and the jury's decision that Ethan and Joey Parrish found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, not murder.

"Who drives around with an AK-47 in the back of their car if they're not planning something. I don't think it was an accident at all," said resident Amanda LaFleur.

Just about everyone we spoke with had an opinion. Some residents didn't want to talk on camera.

"I think they should have got more than they got. I don't think it was right what they did," said Derrick Stremovihtg.

Stremovihtg says he went to school with one of the Parrish cousins, as well as the victim who was shot and killed, Tahliek Taliaferro. So did Kacie Cerisano.

"Involuntary is on accident. That was no accident," said Kacie Cerisano. "You can't accidentally pull the trigger."

The majority of people we spoke with on and off camera found fault with  the jury's verdict.

''I think a lot of people might respond and really not have all the facts," Chris Christensen.

Chris Christensen is the only Powhatan resident we found who doesn't know the victim or those convicted of the crime.

"It's a very tragic thing that happened. I know there's a lot of upset in the community and I think the court system has done its best in handling the situation, the resolve for both sides is just sad," said Christensen.

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