24 Years for Alston Murder

It was just a few months ago that I blogged about D.C. gay rights activist Wanda Alston’s murder and attended her memorial service. Shortly after her murder, an arrest was made. The suspected murder turned out to be a drug addicted neighbor, who likely murdered her in a robbery attempt in order to get money for drugs.

He pled guilty shortly after being arrested, and today I learned that he’s been sentenced to 24 years for Wanda’s murder. 

The man who killed mayoral aide Wanda Alston earlier this year in her Northeast Washington home was sentenced today to 24 years in prison.

William Martin Parrott Jr., 38, lived next door to Alston on East Capitol Street NE, but high on crack and desperate for money for more drugs, Parrott turned on his neighbor. In a brutal robbery attempt, he stabbed her to death on March 16.

…When it was his turn to speak, Parrott, clad in the standard orange jail jumpsuit, quietly and briefly apologized to Alston’s friends and family.

"I take full responsibility for what happened," he said.

Alston, he said, "wasn’t just a neighbor. She was a friend."

According to another article, part of the sentence will be spent in a drug treatment facility. I guess, given her own experiences with drugs and getting clean, even Wanda would have wanted it this way.

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One Response to 24 Years for Alston Murder

  1. Reina says:

    I’m not a very religious soul, but I wish to send a prayer and love to the late Wanda and her partner. I have followed this closely and my partner and I grieve for the loss of such an amazing woman. Our community is very much at a loss without her. On another note, T a beautiful tribute in some ways with acknowleding that she would like for the killer to get some help. True compassion is the only way we will all survive. Thank you.

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