Parker Chamberlin takes the stand in his resentencing hearing
Bakersfield, Calif (KBAK/KBFX) —
Parker Chamberlin, serving 26 years to life in prison for killing his mother, Torie Knapp, in 2001, took the stand today as his resentencing hearing continued.
He was the final witness for the defense, after those called to the stand before him described Chamberlin as a model prisoner.
Chamberlin talked about the death of his father, his sense of self tied only to scholastic and athletic achievement, and the financial troubles his mother faced. He said those factors and his steroid use created a mental state that made him believe his life would be better if his mother were dead.
The night Chamberlin killed his mother, he stabbed her 35 times.
Deputy District Attorney Nick Lackie asked Chamberlin what he was thinking about while he was on his way to kill his mother.
“Almost the whole time I was thinking that I’m going to get a car when I’m 16,” Chamberlin said.
In an emotional testimony, Chamberlin also spoke about the remorse he feels for killing his mother.
“My worst day in prison is nothing compared to the grief and the sadness and the pain that I experience every day knowing that I am the one who murdered my mom,” he said.
Chamberlin described how he found Christianity while in juvenile hall and that his sense of self is no longer governed by what others think.
Lackie questioned Chamberlin’s sincerity, even asking if he had taken any acting classes in addition to all the courses and programs he participated in as part of his rehabilitation. Judge Michael G. Bush quickly ended this line of questioning.
The prosecutor continued his case by calling Torie Knapp's friends and family to the stand.
A longtime friend of Knapp talked about how she loved Chamberlin. She watched him grow up and echoed the sentiments of the defense – Chamberlin was always a model student. She added that it was no surprise to her that Chamberlin became model prisoner and if there was no way of knowing the crime he would commit as a teen, there is no way of knowing if he’ll re-offend now.
She said she believes Chamberlin should serve the time he was sentenced for the crime he committed.
The prosecution has one more witness remaining and the hearing will continue Wednesday.
At the end of the resentencing Judge Bush could order Chamberlin to continue serving his sentence, which would make him eligible for parole in 2023, he could reduce his 26-year to life term by one year, or he could resentence Chamberlin to probation, in which case Chamberlin would be released.