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Teen Takes Responsibility For 2008 Death Of 13-Year-Old Wilton Bicyclist

Wilton Police Chief Michael Lombardo, left, speaks during an August 2012 press conference to announce the arrest of a juvenile in connection with the 2008 death of 13-year-old Nicholas Parisot. Photo Credit: File
Rick Parisot built this stone monument where he last saw his son, Nicholas Parisot, who died in 2008 in a dirt bike crash. Photo Credit: File

WILTON, Conn. -- Nearly seven years after a 13-year-old boy was killed while riding his motorized dirt bike on a trail in Wilton, a teenage neighbor has taken responsibility for his death, according to The Hour.

John Tully Knight, now 18, admitted Friday in a Stamford courtroom that he intentionally strung a rope between two trees on June 13, 2008, the report said. Nicholas Parisot, 13, struck the rope near Hickory Hill and Hillbrook roads and died.

Rick Parisot and Katherine Throckmorton, Nicholas' parents, then withdrew a wrongful death civil lawsuit against Knight and his parents, according to the report.

In August 2012, a youth, later identified as Knight, was taken into custody at his home in Placentia, Calif., by Wilton police officers. Not identified because of his age at the time, Knight was charged with second-degree manslaughter. He was extradited to Connecticut and his case was heard in juvenile court. 

At the time of Knight's arrest, Police Chief Michael Lombardo said Knight had been a suspect “since early on in the investigation.” Lombardo and First Selectman Bill Brennan both said an arrest might have been made sooner if not for a lack of cooperation by some people.

At the Friday hearing, the juvenile court records were unsealed, showing that Knight pleaded guilty under the Alford doctrine, meaning that he did not admit guilt but said there was enough evidence to convict him, and given three years of probation, according to the report. 

Read the full story here at The Hour's website.

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