U.S. Supreme Court rejects appeal from missing girl's father

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from the adoptive father of a missing North Carolina girl, meaning he won't get a reduced sentence.

The Charlotte Observer reports that the court earlier this month rejected an appeal from Sandy Parsons. He and his wife, Casey, had adopted a daughter, Erica, who was 13 years old when she disappeared in 2011.

Sandy Parsons was sentenced to eight years in prison for financial schemes that included cashing monthly assistance checks for Erica after she had disappeared. Casey Parsons was sentenced to 10 years.

When they were sentenced in March 2015 in Winston-Salem, the judge said the couple got stiffer sentences than the federal guidelines recommended because of testimony about how Erica was treated in the Parsons' home in Rowan County.   


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