Ponca City man convicted of manslaughter in 2002, sent back to prison

November 23, 2020 | Courts|Featured

NEWKIRK — A Ponca City man charged in Kay County with murder in 1998 and later convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to prison has been sent back to prison.

James Clinton Parker, 42, was accused and convicted of killing 13-month old Adam Allie, a toddler who was in his care in July of 1998.

Court records show the child was in his care when Ponca City police received a 911 call reporting the child was choking. Police said Parker, who was dating the boy’s mother at the time, told officers he fed bread to the child to make him be quiet.

James Clinton Parker

The child was taken to Children’s Hospital in Oklahoma City where he died.

On Aug. 10, 1998, Parker entered a not guilty plea to first degree murder. Doctors at St. Joesph Regional Hospital and Children’s Hospital , police officers and EMT’s testified during a preliminary hearing held on Aug. 31, that was continued until Nov. 4, 1998.

Attorneys, James Schaefer and the late Ken Holmes represented Parker. The pair would later withdraw from the case.

A jury trail began on Oct. 18, 1999. 

Testimony in the eight day trial included a doctor at Children’s Hospital in Oklahoma City testifying that the boy choked on a “huge wad” of bread and that it would have been impossible for the child to have put that much bread in his throat by himself.

Then PCPD Det. Jimmie Sherron testified that Parker said he wasn’t feeling well when the child became upset so he fed him bread.

The child’s mother testified she left the boy in a high chair with dry cereal when she left to run an errand.

As the jury entered their second hour of deliberations, Parker agreed to end the trial and plead no contest to a lesser charge of first degree manslaughter.

On Jan. 6, 2000, then Associate District Judge Leslie Page sentenced Parker 21 years in prison with all but four years suspended.

Parker was released from prison on Feb. 11, 2002.

On Dec. 14, 2017, Parker was charged with driving while under the influence, inhaling toxic vapors, leaving the scene of an accident involving damage and resisting an officer and on Feb. 1, 2018, he was charged with a misdemeanor count of assault and battery in the presence of a minor.

Parker entered a guilty plea to the charges.  The domestic charge was dismissed. A motion to revoke the suspended sentence in the manslaughter case was granted.

Judge David Bandy sentenced Parker to 17 years in prison and one year in the county jail on the 2017 charge. He was booked in the county jail on Oct. 26. District Attorney Brian Hermanson said Parker will have to serve at least 15 years in prison before being released.

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