A former La Vega High School football star whose uncle was executed earlier this month was sentenced to five years in prison Monday after his deferred felony probation was adjudicated.
Judge Ralph Strother of Waco’s 19th State District Court sentenced Christopher Dontae Parr, 22, after Parr pleaded “true” to four violations of his probation for burglary of a habitation.
In deferred probation cases, there is no final judgment of guilt if the defendant successfully completes probation.
In Parr’s case, Strother found him guilty in the burglary case and sentenced him to five years in prison.
Parr, who faced up to 20 years in prison, will be given credit for the 17 months he has spent in the McLennan County Jail since his arrest on a robbery charge.
He also violated his probation by being in a bar, breaking curfew, running with the wrong crowd and violating an order not to leave Kleberg County.
Parr’s attorney, Josh Tetens, said Parr could be eligible for parole soon, given the time he already has accrued.
He will become eligible for parole when he is given credit for serving a quarter of his sentence, Tetens said.
Parr was playing football at Texas A&M University-Kingsville when he was arrested on the robbery charge, Tetens said.
Prosecutors dismissed the robbery charge in April but pursued the motion to adjudicate Parr’s probation that landed him in prison.
Tetens said Parr hopes to go back to college when he is released.
“Mr. Parr is very pleased that the original charge of robbery was dismissed against him,” Tetens said. “He accepted full responsibility for the minor violations of his probation and he is now looking forward to returning to school and spending time with his family.”
Carroll Joe Parr, Chris Parr’s uncle, offered to lead Waco police to where bodies were buried shortly before his May 7 execution in exchange for prosecutors dropping the robbery case against Chris Parr.
Prosecutor Michael Jarrett and two investigators visited Carroll Joe Parr on death row but determined that his vague claims were not credible and could not be verified.
Jarrett said he already had decided to dismiss the robbery charge against Chris Parr because it was a weak case.
But he did not tell Carroll Parr that during their visit, he said.
Carroll Parr was executed for the 2003 robbery and murder of 18-year-old Joel Dominguez during a drug deal on North 25th Street in Waco. Another man was critically wounded in the incident.
Carroll Parr claimed during their death row visit that he killed 16 people, Jarrett said.