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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Miller
Taggart Parrish v. State
Citation:12 P.3d 953 (Nev. 2000)
Taggart Parrish (defendant) was arrested after the police stopped a vehicle in which he was a passenger and he attempted to flee on foot. As police chased him, Parrish aimed a gun at one of the officers. Once Parrish was arrested, police found methamphetamine in the vehicle in which Parrish was a passenger.
Detectives in the Consolidated Narcotics Unit (CNU) later met with Parrish to see if he would provide “substantial assistance,” which sentencing judges may consider when deciding whether to reduce a defendant’s sentence pursuant. Parrish provided the detectives with extensive information about 14 alleged drug traffickers. However, the detectives did not utilize this information; the unit had prioritized other investigations, and they did not want to work with Parrish directly due to the potential danger he posed to officers. According to the CNU’s policy, information provided by defendants does not constitute “substantial assistance” unless it results in an arrest. The court did not make a finding as to whether Parrish provided “substantial assistance,” and it sentenced him to life imprisonment.
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