Inmate Allan Parmelee Dies at State Penitentiary in Walla Walla
WALLA WALLA, WA. - A prison inmate known for filing hundreds of public records requests has died at the state penitentiary in Walla Walla.
The Walla Walla County Coroner says 58-year-old Allan Parmelee died early Wednesday morning from natural causes.
An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.
The inmate won thousands of dollars in penalties in cases where the Department of Corrections fought his requests.
Parmelee said he was a freelance journalist investigating corruption.
Parmelee was serving 17 years for firebombing the cars of two lawyers. During his time in custody, he filed hundreds of public records requests demanding judges', lawyers' and correctional officers' personnel records, photos, addresses, work schedules and birth dates. According to news reports, he once threatened to tear out a court reporter's fingernails.
Parmelee won a legal battle in 2010 when the state Supreme Court ruled that the Department of Corrections must pay his attorney's fees after department officials cited him under a criminal libel law, passed in 1869, and gave him 10 days in isolation.