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Gulfport man sentenced to life in prison for sexually assaulting children



Darryl Anthony Parnell sexual battery minor
Darryl Anthony Parnell (Office of District Attorney W. Crosby Parker)

A Gulfport man is facing life behind bars after a jury found him guilty of sexual battery.

Darryl Anthony Parnell was found guilty of sexual battery after a trial that lasted three days.

The victim testified they were only three to four years old during the assault. The investigation into the case found that Parnell had sexually assaulted others in Jackson County.

“The jury heard testimony from those four other children that Parnell had sexually assaulted them when they were approximately five to ten years old,” Assistant District Attorney Haley Broom told WLBT.

The trial of Parnell lasted for three days, but it only took the jury an hour to deliver a verdict.

Circuit Court Judge Larry Bourgeois regarded the crime as a “despicable act” and sentenced Parnell to life in prison.

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