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Student convicted in 1982 shooting death of Valley HS teacher granted parole

The man convicted of killing his Valley High School teacher and wounding two students in March of 1982 has been granted parole.

Patrick Lizotte, who was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole for murder with use of a deadly weapon and an additional 60 years’ imprisonment for the attempted murders, was granted parole in September by the Nevada Parole Board. His release date was registered on Feb. 10.

Lizotte shot and killed Clarence Piggott on March 19, 1982, in his classroom. Lizotte then shot and wounded two students before a police officer shot and captured him.

He became eligible for parole after the passage of Nevada Assembly Bill 267, which “revises provisions concerning the sentencing and parole of persons convicted as an adult for a crime committed when the person was less than 18 years of age.” It became law in October 2015. That law followed a lengthy battle in front of the Supreme Court which ultimately outlawed sentences of life without parole for minors.

Former classmates contacted News 3 after hearing of the release, many too afraid or emotional to talk on camera. One former classmate, George Milton Chamberlin talked to us. He remembers rendering aid to Mr. Piggot shortly after the shooting.

“I just got up and I ran. I ran to the classroom.” He told us. “I knew some first aid, I was a boy scout so they let me in. I opened up his shirt and he was still alive and still breathing he was saying how much it hurt and he had a small deep dark purple hole over his heart.”

Chamberlin tells us he was not alarmed by the Parole Board’s decision, instead, he is hopeful Lizotte is a changed man.

“If there’s supposed to be rehabilitation then there should be some change in that person.” He said “I don’t think we're a lock the door and throw away the key. I don’t think we should be doing that.”

The Clark County School District opened Clarence A. Piggott Elementary School in 1993.

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