Juvenile records unsealed as part of civil agreement in a case regarding the death of Nicholas Parisot show that John Tully Knight entered an Alford Plea during 2013 criminal proceedings in the case.
He was sentenced to serve three years probation as punishment for criminally negligent homicide.
An Alford Plea is a concept unique to American law which allows a defendant to maintain their innocence while pleading guilty.
In such a case, the defendant acknowledges there is significant evidence to persuade a jury to find them guilty.
For his period of probation, which should run until 2016, Knight was allowed to move to North Carolina with his parents, where he will be required to perform 100 hours of community service annually.
He will submit to bi-weekly urinalysis tests, attend local Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous groups for the duration of probation, and will attend individual therapy.
Additionally, he is prevented from having any contact with Nicholas’s family.