Parr pleads guilty to selling OxyContin, faces 5½ years

31-year-old had been arrested selling while out on bail

Posted: Tuesday, September 01, 2009

A 31-year-old man pleaded guilty to a felony drug charge Monday for selling three OxyContin tablets and will likely spend 5½ years in prison. He initially faced up to 40 years.

Anthony Parr's plea deal calls for a 10-year sentence with 4½ years suspended for selling 80-milligram tablets to a police informant for $450. While out on bail for that charge, Parr was rearrested on a separate felony drug charge for selling three more OxyContin pills for $480 to a different police informant, District Attorney Doug Gardner said. The latter drug charge was dismissed.

Parr also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor theft charge and violating conditions of release as part of the agreement. The prison time associated with those two lesser charges will run concurrently with the prison time for the drug charge.

Juneau Superior Court Judge Philip Pallenberg accepted the plea deal Monday but said the prison time could always be reduced or extended after the review of a pre-sentencing report. Pallenberg set sentencing for Nov. 12.

Parr's guilty plea coincides with a Dec. 12, 2008, arrest for selling three 80-milligram pills of OxyContin to a police informant for $150 each. Parr had numerous conversations with the informant, known in court documents as JQ4, prior to the transaction, Gardner said. During one conversation the informant inquired about buying a "10 pack" of OxyContin pills, which Parr said would cost $1,200.

His rearrest came May 18, when Parr sold three 80-milligram tablets of OxyContin to an undercover informant for $480 at the Twin Lakes parking lot, according to court records. Parr has been held in the Lemon Creek Correctional Center since then.

Gardner also said he didn't intend to charge Parr with a driving under the influence case forwarded on by the Juneau Police Department. Parr has also been under investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service for allegedly sending OxyContin through the mail to Juneau, Gardner said. No charges have been filed as a result of the investigation but Gardner said he intends to include the information in the pre-sentence report.

Parr's sentence is one of the longest struck in a plea deal in recent OxyContin-related cases in Juneau. For example, 38-year-old Ri Dong "Gino" Kuang pleaded guilty in late July to attempting to buy hundreds of OxyContin pills from a police informant worth tens of thousands of dollars. His plea deal came with a one-year sentence.

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