Reno man pleads guilty to 1999 murder

A Reno man pleaded guilty Wednesday to the October 1999 murder of Kellie Parry, daughter of Carson City Realtor Gayle Farley.

Parry was found dead in Brandon Douglas Allan's Sun Valley home from an apparent .50-caliber gunshot wound to the back.

Allan has claimed the shooting was an accident.

"He's never shown any remorse," Farley said.

Allan was 24 at the time of the murder. In January 2000, he was convicted of first-degree murder in Washoe County District Court and ordered to serve a minimum of 40 years in prison on two life sentences.

The sentence was overturned by the Nevada Supreme Court in January 2002. A second trial was to begin next month, but was canceled due to the plea.

Allan will be sentenced Aug. 29. The Washoe County District Attorney's Office has recommended he serve two consecutive sentences of a minimum of 10-years to life. He has served three and a half years and could be paroled in another 16 and a half years.

Testifying before the parole board against his release is Farley's last recourse.

"It's horrible," she said Wednesday. "It's just awful. I have no rights. That's what sucks. The people left behind have not rights. The criminals get them."

Farley has battled her daughter's killer for nearly four years and successfully lobbied to change Nevada law giving prosecutors the ability to charge aggressors who threaten violence -- without actually going through with it -- as felons.

Previously, an overt act of violence, such as threatening someone with a gun or knife, was not specifically addressed in Nevada statutes.

While Allan awaited his first trial on the murder charge, Farley pursued his criminal background, finding a history filled with violence and gun play.

At age 17, Allan was committed for mental health treatment as "suicidal" when officials believe he pointed an automatic pistol at his father and threatened to commit suicide.

In 1993, he was found to be in possession of two stolen guns. He pleaded guilty to petty larceny and served four hours.

In 1994, Allan pointed a handgun at two teenage girls during a road-rage incident. He later pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges and served six months suspended, with 100 hours of community service.

In 1997, he once again served six months suspended after admitting to pointing a gun at his estranged wife and then discharging it into the ground.


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