A jury convicted a Payson man last week of harassing a woman for years despite her numerous pleas and court orders to stay away.
Terry John Parker, 54, represented himself during a three-day trial in Globe that wrapped up last week. Despite his efforts to defend himself, a jury found Parker guilty of interfering with judicial proceedings and aggravated harassment — all domestic violence offenses.
Parker has a lengthy criminal history and has been in and out of Gila County courtrooms for years, according to online court records.
In July of 2009, the victim in the most recent case contacted the Payson Police Department after Parker warned her not to testify against him in a criminal case, according to attorney Kristen Sharifi with the Gila County Attorney’s Office.
That call violated an order of protection the woman had taken out against Parker, which prohibited him from having any contact, Sharifi said.
Payson Police officer Brandon Buckner investigated the call and discovered Parker had been harassing the woman for years, despite several other court orders prohibiting contact with her.
On another occasion, Parker contacted the woman, this time, from behind bars. The incident happened in August of 2009 while Parker was in the Gila County Jail. Parker tried to pass a letter through a jail chaplain to the woman. Jail officers intercepted the letter and contacted the police, resulting in additional charges, Sharifi said in a press release.
Judge Edward Dawson will sentence Parker at 9 a.m. on Sept. 13 in a Globe courtroom. Parker faces three to 20.75 years in prison.
“Domestic violence is a serious problem up here and we’re doing our best to convict abusers,” said Shawn Fuller, Gila County chief deputy attorney.
And it appears Parker’s days in court are not over yet.
In a another case, he is charged with eight counts of misconduct involving weapons.