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Former Illinois Death Row Inmate Convicted of Attempted Enticement of a Minor

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Central District of Illinois

PEORIA, Ill. – A federal jury returned a guilty verdict on November 14, 2023, against Jeffrey D. Parmly, 60, of Peoria, Illinois, for attempted enticement of a minor. Sentencing for Parmly is scheduled for Wednesday, March 13, 2024, at 10:30 a.m. at the federal courthouse in Peoria.

Parmly was previously convicted of murder in Marion County, Illinois, in 1984 and given a death sentence, which was later reduced to 76 years. He was paroled in November 2021 and was on parole at the time of the current offense.

Over two days of testimony, the government presented evidence that, in December of last year, Parmly communicated with, and attempted to meet, an individual for the purpose of having sexual contact with an 11-year-old girl.

Parmly remains in the custody of the United States Marshals Service. At sentencing, he faces statutory penalties of 10 years to life imprisonment, to be followed by five years to a life term of supervised release. He will also be required to register as a sex offender and pay a mandatory $5,000 special assessment under the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015.

The case investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Springfield Field Office. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Timothy A. Bass and John David Hoelzer represented the government at trial.

The case against Parmly was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative by the Department of Justice to combat the epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

Updated November 28, 2023

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