Juvenile court records reveal punishment in Parisot case
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.
As part of a civil deal reached by Nicholas’ parents, Ricardo Parisot and Katherine Throckmorton, and Knight and his parents, Knight admitted at Stamford Superior Court Friday, April 17, he caused Nicholas’s death.
“Yes, I admit my conduct was responsible for the death of Nicholas Parisot,” he said during a brief statement.
Additionally, the terms of the deal allow certain aspects of the juvenile criminal case against Knight to be made public.
Knight, who had his hair tied back in a bun and spoke at a near-whisper during Friday's proceedings, was 11 years old when, in 2008, he tied a rope across a dirtbike path frequently used by Nicholas, who had been given legal permission to ride in the area.
Nicholas struck the rope while riding on the path on June 13, and subsequently died from his injuries. During proceedings it was noted the rope was placed just after a blind corner, rendering a “sudden and unavoidable” trap for any dirtbike rider who came across the path that day.