Phillup Partin

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Phillup Partin
mug shot of Partin
Born (1965-06-29) June 29, 1965 (age 49)
Sacramento, California, United States
Other names Sonny Partin[1]
Criminal penalty
Death sentence
Criminal status Incarcerated at Union Correctional Institution
Children 1, Patrisha Windham[2]
Conviction(s) First degree murder

Phillup Alan "Sonny" Partin (born June 29, 1965, Sacramento, California) is an American convicted murderer currently on Florida death row at the Florida State Prison. Partin was sentenced to death by a 9-3 vote in favour of the sentence by a jury on December 1, 2008 for the July 31, 2002 murder of 16-year old hitchhiker Joshan Ashbrook.[3][4]


Evidence at Partin's trial showed that he picked up Ashbrook as she hitchhiked along Florida on July 31, 2002. He and Ashbrook spent the day fishing and swimming with Partin's daughter, then 7, before returning to the New Port Richey house where he and his daughter were living. Prosecutors think Ashbrook was killed between 9 p.m. and midnight. The next morning, workers found her body in woods off Shady Hills Road. She had been strangled, her throat gashed and her neck broken. Nine days after the discovery,[5] Partin dropped his daughter off at the home of a foster mother, Jean Prestridge, later known as Jean Edenfield, in Wauchula and left the state. His daughter Patrisha's two sisters lived with this foster mother in her Wauchula home. Jean kept Patrisha for five days but then gave her up to foster care.[6][7] He was a fugitive for more than a year before investigators tracked him to Fayetteville, North Carolina. He was arrested there on October 28, 2003.[8]

The crime was featured on the HLN crime show "Mystery Detectives" (formerly called "Forensic Files").


Partin was a prostitute with male clients. Partin was previously convicted of second-degree murder in Florida after he killed one of his clients, Gary Thorne.[9] He was convicted of second-degree murder, armed robbery and armed burglary in 1989 and sentenced to 17 years in prison. Partin was released from prison on August 1, 1995. He then worked in construction and had a daughter, Patrisha Windham (born c. 1996), with Martha Windham.[10][11] He had sole custody of his daughter prior to Ashbrook's death.[12]

Partin was badly abused as a child by both his father Lester Viekko and his stepfather Michael Partin.[13][14]

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  2. ^ Jamal Thalji (October 4, 2007). "Daughter's testimony at times contradictory". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved January 6, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Man Gets Death in Girl's 2002 Slaying". Retrieved 2012-08-08. 
  4. ^ Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours (2008-03-20). "Jury wants death for Phillup Partin, girl's killer - Tampa Bay Times". Retrieved 2012-08-08. 
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  6. ^ "APPEAL FROM THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR PASCO COUNTY STATE OF FLORIDA". Florida State University College of Law. Retrieved January 6, 2015. Sometime after that, her dad and Fred took Patrisha to Wauchula to live with Jean Edenfield, with whom Patrisha’s two sisters also were living. (Vol. 42, pp. 714, 720-721, 726)….Patrisha stayed with Jean for five days and was thereafter placed in foster care. (Vol. 42, pp. 755, 758) 
  7. ^ Jamal Thalji (March 13, 2008). "On trial for murder, Partin mocks sheriff with job bid". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved January 6, 2015. She was 7 when she saw Partin and Ashbrook together the day before the 16-year-old was found dead on Aug. 1, 2002. Days later, with deputies on his trail, Partin abandoned his daughter at the Wachula home of an ex-foster mother, Jean Prestridge. 
  8. ^ [2][dead link]
  9. ^ David Sommer (March 19, 2008). "Jury Recommends Death For Partin". The Tampa Tribune. Retrieved January 6, 2015. Part of that history was revealed to jurors for the first time early Wednesday when a Miami-Dade police detective testified about Partin's second-degree murder conviction for the 1987 slaying of a man Partin met at a gay bar on Biscayne Boulevard. Lt. Dan Barrago testified that Partin wanted to know the difference between first- and second-degree murder during an interview following his arrest. Partin went on to describe how he worked as a hustler, letting gay men pick him up and take him home so he would have a place to sleep and take a shower the next morning, the detective testified. He met his victim, Gary Thorne, while playing pool at a lounge, Barrago recalled Partin telling him. When they got to Thorne's home and Thorne began making advances, Partin said, he first choked and then strangled the victim with a telephone cord, Barrago testified. 
  10. ^ Jamie Jones (February 28, 2003). "Teen's last day spent with killer". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved January 6, 2015. 
  11. ^ Jamal Thalji (July 22, 2007). "Mom: Don't film girl's deposition". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved January 6, 2015. 
  12. ^ "APPEAL FROM THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR PASCO COUNTY STATE OF FLORIDA". Florida State University College of Law. Retrieved January 6, 2015. 
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