Chico Rampage Suspect Has Long Criminal History in Butte County

Chico, Calif. -- Monday evening wasn't Adam Parson's first run-in with the law.

Posted: May. 22, 2018 10:33 PM
Updated: May. 23, 2018 10:20 AM

CHICO, Calif. -- Monday evening wasn't Adam Parson's first run-in with the law.

In fact, he has a long criminal history in Butte County, with court records showing that the 45-year-old man has more than a dozen other violations, including several felonies and misdemeanors going back to 1992.

Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey said Parsons is the county’s first three-striker, and he was sentenced for 25 years to life in prison.

He and five others escaped form the Butte County Jail in 1994.

He was also the first person released under proposition 36, which was passed in 2001 and allowed defendants convicted of nonviolent drug possession to receive probation rather than go to jail.

Monday evening Parsons went on a rampage through Chico, where police say he stole a tow truck and crashed into a family of four.

“The legal people who had a hand in passing Prop 36 and releasing these third-strike people, I hope they hear this and think twice about it. We have that law for a reason, to keep this from happening. If those car seats were switched, we'd have a dead baby today,” said Carolyn Moor, who was one of the witnesses of Monday night’s rampage.

Prosecutors objected to his release under Prop 36, saying he was a risk to society, but he was released anyways.

Parsons was arrested again for a DUI in 2015, but that was dismissed because Patrick Feaster, the arresting Paradise police officer, couldn't testify because he was in court facing his own charges of shooting a suspected drunk driver.

Monday night, Parsons was arrested for more than a dozen crimes, and he will be in court on Thursday.

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