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Woman denied parole in 2013 shooting death

Followill

Parole was denied for a former Gardnerville woman convicted of the Dec. 2, 2013, shooting of her roommate during a fight.

Nicole Followill, 32, received 6-20 years in prison in November 2014 for the fatal shooting of her roommate, Marine Corps veteran Jason Thrift.

She appeared before the Nevada Parole Board on Oct. 31, who ordered her sentence continue through its expiration.

Followill and Thrift had attended high school together and had been roommates before in Arizona. Peggy Thrift said her son helped Followill pack up and drove the U-Haul truck to her new home.

When Thrift arrived in Gardnerville, he and Followill lived in a home on Toler Avenue, a few blocks from Gardnerville Elementary School.

Followill was drunk the morning of Dec. 2, with a preliminary blood alcohol content of .213. After Thrift walked away from the Toler Lane home they shared, she changed the locks and dragged his belongings out into the yard.

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District Attorney Mark Jackson presented evidence that the 33-year-old Thrift had been struck and bitten several times during the fight that lasted much of the morning before finally punching Followill in the face.

He said the manslaughter charge was based on her reaction to that blow, which was to run into the house and get a Glock handgun.

When Thrift followed her into the house, she fired a single shot, striking him in the head and killing him.

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