Inmate convicted of killing cellmate, sentenced to life

March 7, 2019

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A prosecutor says a West Virginia inmate has been convicted of first-degree murder in the beating death of his cellmate and sentenced to life without mercy, meaning he won’t have the possibility of parole.

News outlets report Fayette County Prosecuting Attorney Larry E. Harrah said in a statement on Wednesday that the sentencing for John A. Nicholson follows a two-day trial. The statement said Nicholson used a lid from a locker box to beat 30-year-old Earl Parsons of Huntington to death at the Mount Olive Correctional Complex.

Nicholson was serving time for incest and sexual abuse of a child. Parsons was serving time for convictions on sex and property crimes.

Nicholson’s sentence will run consecutively to his other prison sentences.