(WDAF-TV) NODAWAY COUNTY, Mo. — Steve Parsons was found guilty of statutory sodomy of a 14-year-old girl in Nodaway County. Minutes later he was dead, apparently by his own hand.

Parsons was facing a maximum of seven years in prison. So death by cyanide was the farthest thing from everyone’s mind in the small town of Maryville, Mo. Now with his death, the case is closed and the prosecutor says he’s disappointed for the victim.

Forty-eight-year-old old Parsons was well-known in both Stanberry and Maryville as the owner of Parson’s Tire & Service.

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