Fostoria man sentenced to about 13 years in prison

Frisco W. Parks (right) sits next to his attorney, Alex Treece, during a hearing in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley’s courtroom Thursday afternoon.

A Fostoria man convicted of several charges during a trial this week was sentenced to about 13 years in prison during a hearing in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley’s courtroom Thursday afternoon.

Frisco W. Parks, 33, had been indicted by a Seneca County grand jury on two counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs, one second-degree felony and one third-degree felony; having weapons while under disability, a third-degree felony; and possessing of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony.

Parks was found guilty of two counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs, one third-degree felony and one fourth-degree felony, and one count of having weapons while under disability, a third-degree felony, Tuesday.

The jury found him not guilty of possessing of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony.

After being found guilty of several charges Tuesday, Parks pleaded guilty to a charge of felonious assault, a second-degree felony. The offense had involved a fellow inmate at Seneca County Jail, according to Seneca County Prosecutor’s Office.

Kelbley sentenced Parks to about 13 years in prison, with credit for 280 days served, during Thursday’s hearing. Parks is to forfeit a semi-automatic pistol, a BB gun, a cell phone and $756.

Parks asked to have an attorney appointed for appeal purposes.

Before sentencing, he asked for mercy and said long and harsh prison terms hadn’t helped him so far. He said he had spent 18 years of the 33 years of his life incarcerated and never had been given treatment or counseling.

“Drugs are rampant in jail,” he said.

Parks said he had struggled with drugs and addiction since he was 13.

He apologized to the victims of his crimes, their families, his family, the court and society and asked for an opportunity to become a better person.

“We understand he has to go to prison,” said his attorney, Alex Treece.

Stephanie Kiser, assistant Seneca County prosecutor, said Parks had an extensive and violent criminal history and was not an addict. Parks most recently was released from prison in March 2018 and was committing the current offenses in August, just months after spending nearly 10 years in prison, she said.

“Defendant has incurred at least 13 violations since being in our jail and was placed in lockdown on numerous occasions,” she said.

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