Governor Signs Execution Warrant for Man Who Murdered His Girlfriend, Son

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Governor Tom Corbett has signed the execution warrant for a man from the Poconos convicted of murdering his girlfriend and child.

In April of 2012 a jury in Monroe County decided Michael Parrish should be put to death after they found Parrish guilty of shooting and killing his girlfriend, Victoria Adams, and their 19-month-old son, Sidney Parrish. A judge formally sentenced Parrish to death the following month.

The killings happened at the couple's home near Effort in July of 2009.

Investigators said Parrish was convinced Adams was cheating on him and that's why he shot her.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections website, right now there are 184 inmates on death row in the commonwealth, 181 men and three women.

The last person to be executed in Pennsylvania was Gary Heidnik in 1999.


  • DingleBerry Jones

    WoW! The stupidity of some of you people is astounding. Our court system often makes huge mistakes, and you want to deny people the right to prove their innocence, and kill them immediately? I’m sure you would all feel different if it was you sitting in prison, convicted of something you know you didn’t do. I’m not saying this guy is innocent. I’m just saying there’s a reason we have appeals, and sometimes people are proven innocent, after they’ve been rotting in jail for decades.

    • tom

      Us people are to busy eeking out a living.We don’t have time on our hands to be arrested sitting in prison.Go ask this idiot if Allah told him to do it.

    • Allie3

      I don’t understand how people take this morally superior attitude while arguing for the murder of another human being without the due process guaranteed by the US Constitution. Sounds like the way bloodthirsty terrorists think.

  • ME2

    Well, if anyone deserves the death penalty, this cold person does. If he wasn’t such a controlling guy, and had made better decisions about how to live his life, he could have a wife and beautiful baby boy. Some people would cut off their arm to have that, but it seems those who don’t deserve it, get it anyway, but I digress. Now he can wonder when they’ll finally rid the world of his lowly self and then he can get what he deserves in the afterlife. It won’t be pretty.

  • Gregory

    Penna does not in reality have a death penalty. It’s a farce. The last few people to be executed elected to stop fighting the process. They choose to let it occur. If you fight it at tax payer expense, you will not be executed by Pa. NO ONE HAS BEEN EXECUTED IN PA. AGAINST THEIR WISHES IN OVER HALF A CENTURY.

  • K

    “right now there are 184 inmates on death row in the commonwealth, 181 men and three women.” Get on with it! Starting with this pig.

    • JP

      Agreed, make room for other losers! Prisons are overcrowded, how about excuting some of these people. There have been a number of days since 1999 that would have been plenty adequate for an execution. Save the bleeding heart for people that actually deserve our sympathy – how about for their victims!! In this case, a 19 month old boy and his own SON!!

      • Dr. RothEisenSteinBerg

        Well, it’s because as Americans, we have a right to appeal our cases. Every once in awhile, in light of new evidence, someone is found to be innocent after sitting in prison for most of their lives. Our criminal justice system isn’t perfect. I think if you were the guy who was wrongfully convicted you might be thankful to at least have the appeals process.

  • Daniel Luciano

    I do not understand if there are 184 inmates waiting to be executed and are already convicted why are they still spending tax dollars. As for the man who did this horrible crime. He should go straight to execution no waiting.

    • ME2

      I THINK he had that ugly beard and head covering, even before lockdown. Probably part of the reason he is in lockdown. Oh, well.

  • ed

    If they are on death row, they should be executed right away and not to give them their last wish. They don’t deserve that..feed em to the gators.

    • Dr. RothEisenSteinBerg

      And what if they are later found to be innocent? There is a reason that we have the appeals process. This does happen sometimes.

  • Rebecca

    What a pointless thing to do. We all know this guy will sit on death row for the next 20, 30, or 40 years, at our expense, until he dies of natural causes. A waste of ink and paper.

    If we’re going to have a death penalty, let’s use it. Shonda Walter comes to mind. Let’s get her first in line.

  • toomany

    Convicted murderers who receive the death penalty automatically get an appeal whether they want one or not. Believe me, I’m not taking this douches side, that’s just the way it is. As far as I’m concerned, anyone who could do this to a mother and her child doesn’t deserve to draw another breath.

    • K

      I can agree to some reasonable measure of time to give these death row candidates to appeal, I suppose, but not years and years! They get 3 hots, a cot, medical and even dental?! That money would be better served on law abiding citizens who needed it! But when there is no doubt of a murderers intent, why waste taxpayers money feeding and caring for them like they’re lost puppy dogs?!

  • Al

    If this man has been convicted, and there is no doubt he did this then what are we waiting for? Let’s get the show on the road. Not just with this man, but all that are on death row. For people who are going to say that it cost more to put someone to death I say then bring back the firing squad. I will donate the first box of shells. Line them up and knock them down.

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