D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - A man who burglarized a D'Iberville gun shop will spend the next eight and a half years in prison, despite his family and friends claiming he was held at gunpoint.
Kevin Parfait was sentenced to 104 months in prison, three years supervised release, and an $8,000 fine for his role in the February burglary of Cook's Gun Shop. Parfait and an accomplice took around 25 guns and then lead police on a high speed chase before crashing.
Ten of Parfait's family and friends begged a federal judge for leniency before sentencing. In the letters written to the judge, Parfait's loved ones claimed he was held at gunpoint and forced to commit the crime.
Parfait's mother wrote, "My son could have died that night, not only by this guy that held a gun to his head for several hours, but also during the crash of the vehicle. My son did try to talk this guy out of committing this crime, but he did not want to hear of it."
His mother went on to talk about a letter the other defendant wrote to the US Government, "From my understanding he stated he should have killed Kevin, that night and has also made threats to our family. Kevin was informed that John Ross Harold had no intentions of letting him live. After this crime was committed and he was done using Kevin, his intentions were to kill my son after this robbery."
Parfait's girlfriend wrote, "I honestly don't think Mr. Parfait did this on purpose because he thought he was given a friend a ride to his mother's house."
Parfait pleaded guilty to receiving stolen firearms. Two other federal gun charges were dropped in the case against Parfait. who faced life in prison for his part in the crime.
The co-defendant in the burglary, John Ross Harold, was captured just a few months ago. He is also facing charges in Louisiana for attempted murder and burglary, and has not yet been brought over to Mississippi to face the federal gun charges.