Dante Parrish, the now-37-year-old man who sexually assaulted and murdered 15-year-old Jason Madison Jr. in November 2009, has been sentenced to life in prison without any possibility of parole.
The Washington Blade reports that the vulnerable out teen was seeking refuge in a relative’s home because his mother was not okay with him being gay:
Assistant State’s Attorney Jennifer Hastings argued during the trial that Mattison, who was openly gay and popular at school, was found stuffed into a closet in an upstairs bedroom of an East Baltimore house in the 2400 block of Llewelyn Avenue with a pillowcase jammed in his mouth. His throat was slashed and he had been sexually assaulted.
Hastings pointed out that Mattison was virtually homeless because he was reportedly not welcome in his mother’s home as a result of his sexual orientation. He was living “place to place to keep a roof over his head,” she told jurors. He had been living in the home of a relative at the time he was murdered.
No parole sounds about right.