Pepper sprayer sentenced |

Pepper sprayer sentenced

Christina Proctor

A man convicted of injuring at least nine people when he sprayed pepper spray in a back hallway of Harrah’s Lake Tahoe was sentenced Monday to three years’ probation.

Donald Parsh, 30, was ordered to pay more than $9,000 in restitution and perform 50 hours of community service. A jail sentence of one year in the Douglas County Jail was suspended pending his successful completion of probation. Parsh was also ordered to undergo substance abuse counseling.

According to the Douglas County Sheriff’s report, Parsh was working in the bus area of Harrah’s on July 19 when he got into an argument with a Greyhound bus driver. Parsh’s supervisor told Parsh to take a break and cool off. When Parsh returned about an hour later the supervisor said he could smell alcohol coming from him. Parsh said he was quitting and headed into the casino.

Other witnesses at the scene told deputies that Parsh went to the welcome center near the back entrance, announced he was quitting and sprayed pepper spray into the air.

At least five people who were in the hallway at the time were taken to Barton Memorial Hospital for treatment. Many were placed on oxygen for several hours.

Parsh was arrested three days later when he returned to Harrah’s to collect his final paycheck.

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