Arrest Warrant Issued for Former Councilwoman Pamela Parris, But Attorney Says It’s a Mistake

Pamela Rapp Parris
Pamela Rapp Parris

Editor’s Note: The arrest warrant at the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office was a mistake. Instead, Pamela Parris received a summons to appear in court to answer to 2 new perjury charges. This article has been updated to reflect these changes.

According to the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office, there’s an arrest warrant for former Sebastian City Councilwoman Pamela Parris. 

Parris is now facing two more charges of perjury.

However, both the attorney for Parris and the State Attorney’s Office said the warrant should only be a summons to appear in court, not an actual arrest.

Parris’ attorney, Philip L. Reizenstein, said the warrant is a mistake. We have followed up with the Sheriff’s office and they confirm a warrant has been issued.

However, Reizenstein disagrees.

“The prosecution, in response to a successful motion to dismiss that I filed, is filing new charges,” Reizenstein told Sebastian Daily.

“The prosecutor stated in open court last week that he has zero concerns about my client fleeing and therefore would NOT require that my client be arrested and post a new bond,” Reizenstein added.

Reizenstein said that once the new charges were filed, a warrant was mistakenly issued, and that as soon as they were aware of it on Sunday December 6, 2020, he emailed the prosecutor, who agreed that the warrant was in error and told him it would be removed this morning.

With two more charges, Parris now faces a total of three perjury charges and a criminal charge of violating the state’s Sunshine Law.

Last Friday, Parris was seen dressed in a holiday costume and taking “selfies” during the Sebastian Light Up Night. She was representing herself as a realtor for a real estate company in Jupiter, Florida.

On Sept. 15, 2020, nearly 93% of Sebastian voters recalled Pamela Parris to remove her from public office after participating in what the State Attorney’s Office said was an illegal meeting with Damien Gilliams and Charles Mauti.

Citizens say the meeting was a coup attempt to take over the City of Sebastian and to appoint Damien Gilliams as mayor during the COVID-19 pandemic.

DISCLAIMER: Arrests and mugshots were made public by complaint affidavits, arrest affidavits, and police reports. All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty.

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Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland, and raised in Jupiter, Florida. He has been a radio and TV personality since the mid-1980s. In broadcasting, he has worked for WFLX-TV, WIRK, WLIZ, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and others. Andy has also worked as a computer engineer and a senior systems analyst for a variety of top companies. He has lived in Sebastian since 2002, and joined Sebastian Daily as our editor in chief in 2016. Andy’s family has lived in Sebastian for over 45 years.