onewhowantstokno w

Madison, AL

#1 Mar 11, 2011
Years ago I attended school in Sparta, Il. I knew a kid name Ryan Parker. Several years later I ran into him in Springfield, Il. I would say we were about 16-17 then. I was recently doing some research into his whereabouts and the only Ryan Parker I can come up with is a 2002 article about a guy that killed two people and is serving life in prison. Although I found the articles I could not locate any photos to see if this guy was the same Ryan Parker that I attended school with. Does anyone have a photo of the guy or know of where I can locate a photo?
Concerned Citizen

Saint Louis, MO

#2 Mar 11, 2011
Look him up on the IL Dept of Correctiions website and click inmate search
onewhowantstokno w

Madison, AL

#3 Mar 11, 2011
thanks yup unfortunately its the same guy.... sad to hear he ended up that way
Resident

Belleville, IL

#4 Aug 5, 2011
Yeah, i grew up in Sparta and went to school with the kid from kindergarden to at least 7th grade. Kinda crazy but looking back you can see how something was not quite right.
Former Sparta Resident

United States

#5 Apr 5, 2012
I played baseball with him in middle school. He was a little odd but I always thought he was funny and a nice guy. It's a shame for everyone.
former sparta resident

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#6 Apr 15, 2012
I grew up with him too. His mother ocasionaly watched me as a child when we were growing up. When he moved back to the area after being gone many years he was not the same person. He boasted of stealing his step fathers service weapon and shooting animals with it. He was weird towards women that I personaly know. It did not suprise me at all when he was arrested for the double murders. I feel bad for the victims familys, the sparta family i know some of her nieces. Bring back the death penalty!!!!!!!!
RyansEx

Union, MO

#8 Sep 29, 2016
I know this was posted like 5 years but I was just Googling him out of curiosity of anything new about the whole thing. I dated him 2 weeks after his first murder, but I knew him for years prior to that because I babysat his cousins. I visited him in prison until he got extradited to Utah (for his safety) and he never talked about why, he said he wasn't deprogrammed from the National Guard.

Btw to the person who said to bring back the death penalty, Ryan entered a plea of guilty to avoid the death penalty - otherwise it would've been on the table. You are the ONLY person who I've EVER come across that says they are not surprised Ryan did what he did. You obviously didn't know him or Sharon or any of them very well at all.
Concerned Friend

Washington, MO

#9 Nov 1, 2016
I am a friend of Ryan's, was there in the courtroom with him, visited him in prison and kept in touch for several years when he was moved to Utah. Then all of a sudden my letters started coming back. Every now and then he's put on my heart, I'll say a prayer for him and then try to locate him. Do you know if he's still there in Utah? I'm in Union, MO too. Small world!!
RyansEx

Sullivan, MO

#10 Feb 6, 2017
Concerned Friend wrote:
I am a friend of Ryan's, was there in the courtroom with him, visited him in prison and kept in touch for several years when he was moved to Utah. Then all of a sudden my letters started coming back. Every now and then he's put on my heart, I'll say a prayer for him and then try to locate him. Do you know if he's still there in Utah? I'm in Union, MO too. Small world!!
You're kidding me, Union of all places, it sure is a small world! Did you talk to him when he was in Joliet? If so, I'm curious if he ever talked about me. 😊 (Jamie)
I'd be shocked if he didn't.
The fact that your letters started coming back has me seriously concerned. That is not a good sign. I don't see him having been moved to another prison for any reason, and if he was, he would have sent you a letter with his new info.
Do they send mail back to sender if the inmate got put in segregation as a disciplinary action? I wouldn't think so because I think by law they cannot keep mail from an inmate unless it had contraband in it.
I hope nothing happened to him, like passed away.
I lost touch with his Aunt Paula and cousin as well as his mom but I'm going to try to find their phone numbers online. I'm really worried.

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