WILTON, Conn. (WTNH/AP) -- Wilton police now say a teenager in California had a hand in the death of a 13-year-old boy back in 2008.
Wilton police say on June 13, 2008 Nicholas Parisot was driving his motor bike on some wooded trails. That's when he hit a rope tied between two trees. Police say he died of a neck trauma.
Since then, police say they've had a long exhaustive investigation trying to find out just who tied the rope.
On Thursday night, officers arrested a juvenile in Placentia, California for the crime.
Will Gifford, a local teen, says the suspect's family quickly moved out west after Parisot's death.
"The town was all pretty sad. It was something pretty crazy that happened in such a small town, so everyone kinda knew about it and a couple thousand people went to the funeral," Gifford said.
"It's something I can't even imagine and that's why it's been so frustrating for us 'cause it's taken four years because we've had road blocks put up in front of us," said Wilton Police Chief Michael Lombardo.
Police say it took them four years to make an arrest because of lack of cooperation from key figures with material information.
"For those who did not cooperate with us shame on you because it has taken longer than it should have," Chief Lombardo said.
The juvenile, who was not identified, has been charged with second degree manslaughter, a Class C felony, which could carry 10 years in jail and a $10,000 fine.
News 8 went down to the T own Green and everyone we spoke with had heard of the case.
"I was young and a lot of us didn't know what had happened," said Wilton teen Kristen Moss, "but we just heard about it and thought it was awful and sad."
"I think a lot of people are probably happy that some progress has been made 'cause it seemed like nothing ever happened," said Catherine Moss, Wilton mom, "but it seemed like other boys were involved."
"It's been a part of the community for the past four years and hopefully this is one step for closure for the community and more importantly for the family," said Jim Maloney, Wilton dad.
The victim's parents, Kate Throckmorton and Rick Parisot, thanked police for their work on the case and the community for its support.
"We'd like to thank the Wilton Police department, especially the detectives, for their unwavering focus and commitment on bringing this case to an arrest," the family said in a statement. "Their diligence and professionalism has been extraordinary and greatly appreciated. At the same time we express deep gratitude to the 'Stand up for Nick' group and the community for all their support."
In 2009, Parisot's parents filed a civil lawsuit against former Wilton residents Glenn and Barbara Knight and their son, who they alleged tied the rope Nicholas struck while riding his off-rode motorbike.
The lawsuit, filed in Stamford Superior Court, alleged the Knights' then-11-year-old son knew Parisot and other youths often road on the trails near his home and "decided to set a trap."
The lawsuit alleged the Knights' son and a friend tied a rope across the trail and waited for a biker to ride into the trap two days before Nicholas' death. When no riders passed by, the youths took down the rope and the Knight's son brought the rope back to his house, according to the lawsuit.
Knight returned to the trail on June 13, 2008, and tied the rope between two trees to block the trail, the lawsuit said. Knight removed a broken end of the rope from the scene, and gave false statements to police to try to hide what he had done, the Parisots alleged.
In a legal response to the lawsuit, the Knights' attorney Kevin Murphy denied the allegations and said Nicholas "failed to keep a proper lookout" and drove his motorbike too fast. A message was left Friday for Murphy.
The case is scheduled for jury selection this year.
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