Woman accused of shooting motorcyclist released from prison, victim forgives her


by Bryan Baker


Posted on August 9, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 10 at 4:08 AM

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) -- The Southern Indiana woman convicted of shooting a motorcyclist in a fit of road rage in 2008 is out of prison. Yalanda Parrish, who served a three-year sentence for criminal recklessness and aggravated battery, will move to the Clark County Work Release program for another three years.

Parrish shot Wesley Mosier in the chest in the middle of traffic when he got off his motorcycle at a red light and approached her car window. Mosier spoke upon Parrish's release for the first time in years. 

"I still have nightmares about it going back through it," he said. "Thinking, why didn't I duck? Why didn't I do something? Why didn't I pull into Thornton's and get a soft drink and sit on the curb. I had no idea I was gonna get shot, you know?"

Parrish shot him, then called 911 to report the shooting herself from the scene, at the corner of 10th Street and Allison Lane near a Thornton's gas station.

"I have shot somebody up here on 10th Street," Parrish told Jeffersonville Police that day. "I'm in front of Thornton's ... He ran up on my car. Open up my door and hit me with a fist."

Parrish's 15-year-old son kicked Mosier after he was shot and laying on the ground. He received probation.

"Eleven seconds after I got off my motorcycle, I'm on the ground on my knees," Mosier added. "She said, 'You're getting ready to die.'"

Despite crushing injuries, Mosier survived. But there is one wound that has not healed -- when he saw Parrish in court Thursday before a judge granted her release.

"I was really looking for some kind of sign of being remorseful," he said. "[She] looked at me twice. No emotion. Just looked at me and turned her head."
Parrish told a judge at her 2009 sentencing that she was remorseful but has not said those words to him. Mosier has forgiven her anyway.
"I just have to," he said. "I've done a lot of soul searching. It would just eat me up if I didn't forgive her."

Parrish served half the prison sentence, because of Indiana's law cutting time in half for good behavior. She is also eligible to get out of work release after a year and a half.