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Killer gets life in prison without parole for assault, murder of gay teen

Friday, April 13, 2012

A judge in Baltimore, Md., has sentenced Dante Parrish, 37, to life in prison without parole for the savage assault and murder of Jason Mattison Jr., a 15-year old openly gay teen.

Dante Parrish (left) and Jason Mattison Jr.

Parrish was a family friend who had previously spent 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in 1999 — Jason was murdered in November 2009, less than one year after Parrish’s release.

Baltimore Circuit Judge John Addison Howard quoted an old Scottish prayer when handing down the sentence, which included a second life term for attempting to sexually assault Jason, before suffocating him with a pillowcase, slashing his throat and stuffing him in a bedroom closet.

“From ghoulies and ghosties and long-legged beasties and things that go bump in the night, good Lord deliver us,” Howard recited.

“To me,” he told Parrish, “you are every bit as frightening and more, because you are real.”

Parrish was convicted of theft and drug possession in 1992, making a false statement in 1993, malicious destruction of property in 1997 and murder in 1999, in the killing of an East Baltimore man, reported The Baltimore Sun.

He was sentenced to 30 years in prison in the case, but later convinced Maryland’s Innocence Project, a group that works to overturn wrongful convictions, that he had been wrongfully convicted.

After a new trial in 2008, he was sentenced to time served and released through a plea deal in January 2009 — Jason was murdered 11 months later.

Jason had been living at the home of a relative at the time of his murder.

During the trial Assistant State’s Attorney Jennifer Hastings said Jason was reportedly not welcome in his mother’s home because he was gay.

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42 more reader comments:

  1. Just speaking freely here….but isnt raping a gay teen for being gay counter-intuitive?

    Posted on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 7:12pm
  2. GOOD!

    See … THIS is the reason that I still support the death penalty in certain cases.

    Posted on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 7:12pm
  3. Sad story all around. Kicked out by his mom, brutally murdered by a guy who should NOT have been out of prison.

    Posted on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 7:13pm
  4. OMG

    Posted on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 7:14pm
  5. It’d be a crying shame if he was raped with a 2×4 in prison.

    Posted on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 7:14pm
  6. Wow.. that is just terrible.. that kid didnt deserve anything that happened to him..

    Posted on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 7:15pm
  7. He should be put to death. .. Poor kid:(

    Posted on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 7:15pm
  8. gay or straight rape is rape and it is NOT okay to rape anyone regardless of sexual orientation.

    Posted on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 7:18pm
  9. I’m glad the killer got life without parole. It will give him plenty of time to reflect on his heinous actions.

    Posted on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 7:21pm
  10. I donttt get it if people have issues with gays and think being gay is wrong whyyy rape them??? Doesn’t that make u gay too?? O.o

    Posted on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 7:24pm
  11. some people are so sick that they will get off on it for years to come. Killer the fu*ka and save us the money. There are too many people in this world to waste resources on the bad ones.

    Posted on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 7:25pm
  12. They judge’s comparing to a scottish quote was a perfect match for Parrish. The senseless killing is unfathomable.

    Posted on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 7:26pm
  13. Gays are beautiful. Cruel People are hurting my feel.

    Posted on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 7:27pm
  14. This is extremely bad… I don’t support the death penalty but this…

    Posted on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 7:30pm
  15. I would never in a thousand years wish anything as horrific as rape on anyone, but they should put this fuck in with the REAL hardened criminals. Put him in there with a bunch of dudes who would slash someone’s throat over a poker game. Let them find out he killed a kid after trying to rape him and see what he gets.

    Posted on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 7:32pm
  16. Finally, a judge that knows how to sentence someone. Hope the sick bastard likes prison, cause that’s where he’s gonna be till the day he dies. Poor Mattison Jr. :-(

    Posted on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 7:32pm
  17. you’d think a 37-year-old would know better than to kill a 15-year-old, gay or not gay. people need to get with the 21st century, or kill themselves instead of the innocents that happen to be in their path of fire.

    Posted on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 7:33pm
  18. While I think the sentence is appropriate, referring to Parrish in the headline as “Killer” is the same sort of reductive rhetoric that I had hoped LGBTQ Nation was opposed to. I’m disappointed.

    Posted on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 7:35pm
  19. wtf this is crazy only 11 months of getting out sick basters I hope he is in general population to get what he deserves

    Posted on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 7:40pm
  20. Fucking closeted assholes repress themselves so much that they get violent!

    Posted on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 7:41pm
  21. awe! that poor boy! I hope you burn in hell dante!

    Posted on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 7:42pm
  22. Folks, the violent and vile comments you’re posting do not support your hopes for peace and acceptance. Revise and resubmit.

    Posted on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 7:44pm
  23. Parrish is a scumbag of all time life in prison is not enough!

    Posted on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 7:44pm
  24. I understand the need for groups like Maryland’s Innocence Project, but if they had not fallen for his false claims of innocence, that poor young man would probably still be alive.

    Posted on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 7:46pm
  25. Sadly, even life without parole as a sentence for the killer won’t bring back Jason to his family, friends or the life which could & should have been his to live.

    Posted on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 7:47pm
  26. [Rant alert] I blame the man for his *shudder* fucked up logic. I blame the mother for her fucked up beliefs to kick out her child, her own flesh and blood, to the wild world. 15! Really?! Finally I blame Black Christianity for the brain washing that led to this teen’s abandonment by his mother and savage death by a predator who probably thought he was doing something righteous by the … ugh … things he did to that kid. Im glad this predator is locked up but there is so much more that needs to be “locked up and done away with” here – mindset being a big thing. SO many times I’ve heard in the islands about killing homosexuals because “it isn’t right in God’s eyes” thus you know Kill em’ (mortal sin much). And the abandonment is the worse. SO much for looking after the needy and the sinner as God’s love is suppose to be powerful enough to transcend any minor human flaws (even though being gay has a biological basis thus creted by God if that’s your cup of tea, but oh well. Fuck science you know *sarcasm*). But whatever. Would people join me in my fight to blatantly destroy Black Christianity and all the fucked up wickedness around it that leads to brutal savage murder and us people of color trapped in a mire of mortally judging our fellow darkies and leaving em to the wolves if he/she/etc gender doesnt fit white “slave masta” Jesus’ standards of a good darkie? Yea Im bitter at this. There are more men like this predator out there and they WILL prey on more Black gay teens. :(

    Posted on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 7:56pm
  27. never…ever

    Posted on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 8:06pm
  28. the mother should get the same life sentance

    Posted on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 8:22pm
  29. Good you are going to get what you deserve! Rot in jail and have fun!!

    Posted on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 8:24pm
  30. Posted on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 8:38pm
  31. Great move in the right direction!!

    Posted on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 9:14pm
  32. Good

    Posted on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 9:49pm
  33. Thank goodness for justice.

    Posted on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 10:44pm
  34. So raping a gay boy while being a man himself, doesn’t that make him gay too?
    And god the boy was still a little boy, his future ahead of him, that fucker just took everything away. I hope he gets raped in that prison and killed.

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 12:58am
  35. fuckin nigger, hope he gets rapd now…

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 1:03am
  36. Ok so wake up people…. we as gay adults..can sit here and say that this was wrong which it is…..absolutely …and we can blame the mother all we want….which yes she did wrong…and we can blame the religious idiots that preach the hate…..but the bottom line our own gay community needs to wake up………there are thousands of young gays and lesbians that get thrown out of their houses e eryday ..where were the responsible gay adults in all this…..why was this kid on his own …why didnt someone take him in…..mentor him ….we have to look out for our youth ….. people need to step up …

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 1:57am
  37. And @gerald this is not about race…..this guy was obviously a sick bastard…but we had a white kid in our town just beat his. 64 yr old aunt to death….. so its not about the color of their skin its about mental illness and. Misdirected anger and hatred

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 2:00am
  38. This is so sad. We should be beyond this. U have only one life & u can’t live someone else’s.

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 6:11am
  39. good people who get that far out of control should be put away.

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 6:19am
  40. @Gerald, really?! That same prejudice is the same prejudice that straight people feel about us…..and you! You cannot demand equal civil rights, and at the same time be racist yourself. @Kim Cole….well said!

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 1:22pm
  41. @Gerald, also….”all sterotypes” are NOT true! (via your profile) There ARE some truths to every stereotype….but it does not make it the WHOLE truth. For example, black people love watermelon. Do you even know how THIS stererotype started? Let me give you a history lesson. Back in the day, black people were not allowed to ride in the main train cars, and had to ride the train in steerage. They were not allowed to be served. (ie. Food, water) So black people amazingly thought of a food that would keep them alive throught that long train ride….watermelon. It provided both food AND water. Quite smart, don’t you think? So other train riders always saw them eating watermelon on train stops. Do some research….and don’t ask others not to hate you, when YOU are so full of hate and ignorance yourself.

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 1:34pm
  42. hopefully in prison he can see how it feel’s to be raped violently

    Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 1:57pm