NC Man Gets Life In Prison For Woman's Fatal Scare

A man will spend the rest of his life in prison after he was found guilty in what prosecutors said was a case of scaring a 79-year-old North Carolina grandmother to death.

Multiple media outlets reported a federal jury found 21-year-old Larry Whitfield not guilty of murder Friday in the death of Mary Parnell last year.

But they did find him guilty of causing her death by kidnapping her, and that carries an automatic life sentence.

Prosecutors say Whitfield was looking for somewhere to hide after a failed bank robbery attempt in Gastonia in September 2008 when he broke into Parnell's home.

Authorities say Whitfield never touched the grandmother, but she suffered a heart attack when she saw him, and he didn't call for help.


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  • by ace Location: plymouth on Nov 23, 2009 at 06:51 AM
    If he had been drunk and ran over her with a car he would have only got probation or a three year sentence.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 22, 2009 at 10:40 AM
    That's what it says.
  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on Nov 21, 2009 at 07:39 PM
    After a failed bank robbery He home invaded this old persons home. He scared her to death?
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