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Teen killer gets 20 years for fatal beating

A teenager who beat a Spokane man to death in November 2009 has been sentenced to nearly 21 years in prison.

Nicholas X. Parrish pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Greg Sypolt last week to 250 months in prison.

Police say Parrish was drunk when he and Justin A. Summa attacked Kent S. Moses, 60, in an alley behind Moses' home near Bridge Avenue and Nettleton Street on Nov. 29, 2009.

Moses later died at hospital. A shoe print on his face helped identify the suspects. Parrish returned to the alley after the beating to rifle through Moses’ pockets and beat him again.

Summa pleaded guilty in February to second-degree assault and was sentenced to five months in jail.

Parrish also is to pay $3,719 restitution. He remains in the Spokane County Jail waiting transport to prison.

Teen sentenced for ‘09 fatal beating

A teenager involved in the fatal beating of a Spokane man in November 2009 was sentenced recently to five months in jail.

Justin A. Summa, 18, also will be on probation for a year after pleading guilty to second-degree assault.  He had been charged with second-degree murder for the beating death for Kent S. Moses.

A second suspect, Nicholas X. Parrish, 19, is in jail awaiting trial on a first-degree murder charge.

Police say Parrish and Summa were drunk when they attacked Moses, 60, in an alley behind Moses' home near Bridge Avenue and Nettleton Street on Nov. 29, 2009. Moses later died at hospital. A shoe print on his face helped identify the suspects.

Summa’s girlfriend told detectives that Parrish was the assailant and Summa had tried to stop him. She also said Parrish had returned to the alley to rifle through Moses’ pockets and beat him again, which led to the premeditation allegation against him, according to court documents.

Summa served five days in jail before posting bond in December 2009. He returned to finish his five-month sentence on Feb. 2 after pleading guilty before Superior Court Judge Tari Eitzen.

Prosecutors offered the second-degree assault plea deal on the fourth day of an evidence hearing. Parrish's trial is set to begin May 9.

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