Va. Officials Investigate Inmate Facebook Postings

January 26, 2011

State corrections officials are investigating whether messages on an inmate's Facebook page were posted by him or someone else.

Virginia Department of Corrections spokesman Larry Traylor told officials that inmates aren't allowed to use the Internet or have access to cell phones.

Traylor says the messages on Joseph Parish Jr.'s Facebook page could have been posted for him by a friend or family member.

Parish is serving a 16-year sentence at Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt. He and his cousin were convicted of involuntary manslaughter and other charges in 2009 in connection with the 2008 shooting death of 18-year-old Tahliek Taliaferro and the wounding of another teen.

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