Sheriff: Sodomy Defendant’s Death In Courtroom A Suicide By Cyanide Poisoning

Posted 10 months ago

By John P Tretbar

Nodaway County Courthouse
A Stanberry man who died after suffering a seizure in a Nodaway County Courtroom likely killed himself with cyanide.

Nodaway County Sheriff Darren White says that during the post-mortem examination Friday, the coroner found evidence of cyanide poisoning in the body of Steven Parsons.

 

Mr Parsons suffered a seizure in court shortly after a jury found him guilty of the statutory sodomy of a 14-year-old girl. He was rushed to the hospital, first to St Francis in Maryville, and later to Heartland Regional Medical Center in St Joseph, where he was pronounced dead Thursday.

White says his investigators executed search warrants on Friday, and in the process searched Mr Parsons’ car. They found a piece of paper with a business name and phone number.

They called the business and learned that Mr Parsons had ordered cyanide and had it sent to his business by overnight delivery on June 25. Parsons was the owner of Parsons Tire in Maryville.

White says that the investigation will continue, but he believes the final forensic report will confirm his suspicion that Mr Parsons committed suicide.


  • saywhat

    ahhhh, it’s a bitter little pill.

    Current score: 6
  • Lonestar

    Would be nice if the Editor would correct the age of this girl. She is 17, NOT 14

    Current score: 0
    • someone from the area

      she was 14 or 15 when all this happen she as a babysitter for his children

      Current score: 7
      • Candy

        Thank you! This person, Lonestar, has been saying this over and over.

        Current score: 1
  • Really?

    Lonestar, does it matter what her CURRENT age is?? She wasn’t 17 when this happened and even if she was he didn’t have consent to touch her at all!! Get a life you loser!

    Current score: 10
  • Lonestar

    Thank you, I have a life, maybe you’re a loser as well? check out her Facebook page, she’s not as innocent as everyone makes her out to be, maybe, just maybe he wasn’t the only guilty one in this mess?

    Current score: 4
    • Annie

      It really doesn’t matter what she “seems ” like on her page…….At the time this incident occurred, SHE was NOT of age!! Plain and simple. HE, was supposed to be the adult in all of this.

      Current score: 14
    • redrum ynot

      Hey creep, the victim is a child. You must be a child rapist to make comments like that.

      Current score: 7
    • VeryZenJen

      You are pathetic. It doesn’t matter what this girl did, how she dressed, or what age this MINOR was – she’s a human being, like you. She didn’t want this. Steven Parsons gave her a life sentence – he did something so damaging to her that it will never go away. She will live with this for the rest of her life. In the end, his was the lesser sentence of the two. Tell me something – why are you creeping around on her Facebook page, and an even better question, why do you even know the name of the victim? Your motives are very questionable. I truly and honestly hope no one you love is ever raped – it damages everyone it touches – the victim, the families, friends …all of us.

      Current score: 4
  • Haha

    Life’s full of choices, some are illegal. It may take two to uh…..come on seriously. Common sense!!! Which head do you think with?

    Current score: 2
  • afatherwithdaughters

    Age is not as important as the issue as he did touch her without her consent. It has been discussed through the years he had an issue with females in this manner and exposing himself to females…many of them very young who he was able to elude prosecution for various reasons. Myself and other parents have 1 less pedifile to live amongst with our children and grandchildren.

    Current score: 4
  • Seriously???

    Seriously Lonestar?? Even if she isn’t “as innocent as she seems” now at 17…maybe, JUST MAYBE it’s because she went through a traumatic event of being victimized….Use your head…besides if a 14 year old came on to you, being a grown adult you know damn good and well that you had better tell them “no” because it is ILLEGAL and they do NOT have the mental capacity to consent to any sexual act…so whether or not this girl had enticed him to act in the way that he did, or if he did it without provocation it doesn’t matter because HE should have known better. The worst part is that you are re-victimizing this girl by saying she deserved it or that she wanted it…you have NO IDEA what happened as no one else does besides Mr. Parsons and the victim. Regardless of her stand point she IS a victim since she was not of consenting age because she was not capable of understanding what she was doing was wrong or consequences of her actions. Hopefully you aren’t out there touching little kids since you could so disturbingly twist statutory rape into the child’s fault

    Current score: 10
  • coach

    I NEW THIS GUY SORRY TO SAY. WHAT A CREEP ,HE GOT WHAT WHAT DESERVED!!!!! THIS IS NOT THE FIRST TIME HE TREATED A FEMALE BADLY.CHECK HIM OUT ON CASE NET, BE READY TO READ AWHILE . WHAT A CREEPY MAN . AS FOR THE VICTIM NOW WILL SHE BLAME HERSELF FOR THIS ? I SURE HOPE NOT.PRAY FOR HER!!!!

    Current score: 3
  • redrum ynot

    Steve is probably molesting demons in hell right now. The only good thing he did in his life was to kill himself.

    Current score: 3
  • Laura Collier

    Well, that’s one less molester that will be back out on the streets after prison…and he saved the taxpayers a bunch of money! I say, Good Riddance to Bad Rubbish! He was a terrible person to be messing with a minor, and he should have known better.

    Current score: 1
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