Man who murdered State Police Investigator in 1994 dies while serving prison term
Colin Hyde, who murdered State Police Investigator Ricky Parisian in Oneonta in 1994, died this weekend while serving out his prison sentence. Parisian was murdered as he tried to stop Hyde during an armed robbery at a supermarket. The Daily Star newspaper of Oneonta published a story in its May 17 edition about Hyde’s death. To read the story, click on the link or refer to the text below.
Monday, May 17, 2004
Man who killed trooper dies in hospital
Inmate’s death comes 10 years after slaying of Ricky J. Parisian
By Jack Mazurak
Nearly 10 years to the day after state police Investigator Ricky J. Parisian was murdered, the man who shot him died in an Elmira hospital early Sunday.
Colin Hyde, 32, died at about 1 a.m. Sunday in Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, James Flateau, spokesman for the state prison system, said.
Flateau said federal laws prohibited him from releasing any more information about inmate health issues.
Hyde’s father, Raymond Hyde Jr., declined comment Sunday night.
Hyde, formerly of Morris, had been serving a 371/2-year-to-life sentence in the Southport Correctional Facility in Pine City for Parisian’s May 20, 1994 murder.
Parisian, who was off-duty, was killed with a sawed-off shotgun when he tried to stop Hyde from robbing the former Great American supermarket at Southside Mall that night.
Sunday night, Deb Parisian, Ricky’s wife, said her thoughts and prayers go out to Hyde’s mother and family.
"They’ve been grieving for a long time and this must just add to their sorrow," she said.
She declined further comment.
Hyde had tried to escape custody in 2003 when he was hospitalized in Poughkeepsie for a heart ailment. In 1998, seven years were added to his sentence after he stabbed another inmate.
Margaret Parisian, Ricky’s mother, said the news surprised her.
"In a way I’m glad he has passed away because I don’t have that worry that he’s going to get out on parole," she said. "It kind of closes everything up."
She said she heard Hyde had suffered a stroke.
Edy Parisian, speaking for her husband, Steven, one of Ricky’s brothers, declined comment Sunday night.
H. Karl Chandler, senior investigator in the Parisian case, said it was a closure point for him when Hyde went to prison.
"I’m not sad," he said in a deep, even voice. "I expected him to stay in prison for the rest of his life, and I guess he did."
He said he was told Hyde was in a coma when he was brought to the medical center and that Hyde’s heart ailment may have been a contributing factor.
Chandler said he retired from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation seven years ago.