Airman who escaped after conviction gets two more years
RAF LAKENHEATH, England — A U.S. airman, already serving a three-year prison term on a child pornography conviction, was sentenced at a court-martial last week to an additional two years in jail after being convicted of escaping from authorities and desertion.
Airman Basic Jeremy Parrott eluded capture for more than eight months after he escaped from his escort during a medical appointment on Sept. 24, 2008. At the time, he had served just three months of his sentence on the child pornography conviction, a sentence that also included a dishonorable discharge and a demotion
During last week’s trial, Parrott, 30, addressed the court and said he was sorry to all the individuals involved in the escape and search.
“I was a broken man … I felt I had no other options,” a soft-spoken Parrott told the judge Tuesday.
He said he was ready to face his punishment and begin his rehabilitation.
The details of his escape were entered into evidence during the one-day court-martial.
While in confinement on the child pornography charge, Parrott escaped by lying to his escort during a medical appointment.
He walked across the base to his barracks where he duped a fellow airman into giving him the key to his barracks room, and once in his room he gathered clothes and a few other items.
He also left a suicide note on his bed, writing that he intended to kill himself by jumping off the cliffs on England’s eastern coast.
Parrott then jumped the base fence and headed toward the coast.
His defense lawyers, Maj. Lauren Torczynski and Capt. Andrew Cherkasky, said that when Parrott got to the cliffs he changed his mind. Instead of jumping to his death, Parrott decided to accept responsibility for his actions and return to prison.
The prosecutors, Capts. Dustin Tipling and Etienne Miszczak, argued that Parrott didn’t make any attempt to contact authorities or turn himself in during the eight months following his escape.
He was apprehended June 3 by Air Force Office of Special Investigations agents in a town 40 miles from RAF Lakenheat.
Parrott will serve the remaining 30 months of his original sentence before serving the second, two-year sentence.