Eric Parker, right, with his elbow counsel Charles London. (Becky Campbell/Johnson City Press)
A Johnson City man pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder this morning in a case stemming from a Valentine's Day shooting in 2012.
Judge Robert Cupp accepted Eric Parker's best interest plea in Washington County Criminal Court, avoiding trial that was set to begin this morning with Parker acting as his own attorney. Parker received an 18-year sentence.
Parker was charged with a Feb. 14, 2012, shooting and beating of a 27-year-old woman. A police officer found the woman around 2:30 a.m. that day lying in the parking lot of the Lions Club Park off East Unaka Avenue. The woman had been shot multiple times in her lower extremities and appeared to have a dislocated hip, police said.
Officers also found six Marakov brand ammunition shell casings and several empty 16-ounce Natural Ice beer cans at the scene.
The same type of ammunition was found in the gun — a 9mm FEG Hungary — located in Parker’s car, along with 16-ounce cans of Natural Ice beer, court records said.
Parker was developed as a suspect after investigators learned Parker and the woman were seen leaving Everett’s Bar and Grill on North Roan Street together earlier that night.
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