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Jury Convicts Pacific Man Of Tax Evasion

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Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2014 2:00 pm

It took a Franklin County jury only 21 minutes to return a guilty verdict against a man accused of failing to file his Missouri income tax returns.

The jury of seven women and five men heard evidence and testimony Monday in the trial of Billy C. Parker, 47, of Pacific.

Parker is well known to Franklin County law enforcement officers.

He has prior convictions for resisting arrest and felony drug possession and was notorious for fleeing from police and eluding capture many times over the years.

Prosecutors presented evidence at Monday’s trial showing that Parker failed to report or pay Missouri income tax on work he did in Franklin County totaling over $100,000.

The income tax evasion charge was filed in May 2011.

After being released on bond in that case, Parker removed an ankle monitor in violation of the terms of his bail.

He pleaded guilty to that felony charge in 2012 and currently is on five years’ probation for tampering with an electronic monitoring device.

Prosecuting Attorney Bob Parks said he is pleased with the guilty verdict and will ask the court to sentence Parker to the maximum of five years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.

Parker is scheduled to be sentenced June 3.

Assistant Prosecutor Stephan Lawhorn tried the case for the state.

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