MOSCOW, Idaho — A northern Idaho man who pleaded guilty to killing his pregnant wife and setting the home on fire will not be allowed to withdraw his guilty pleas.

The Idaho Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld a lower court ruling rejecting 34-year-old Silas Parks’ request for post-conviction relief.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that the court determined that his attorney’s failure to hire a forensic pathologist before Parks took a plea deal did not negate the guilty pleas.

His wife, Sarah, and unborn daughter were found dead in the charred Moscow home that was set on fire in June 2009.

Parks was initially charged with two counts of first-degree murder and arson, but pleaded guilty to two counts of voluntary manslaughter and arson.

In 2010 he received a minimum 35-year sentence.


Information from: Lewiston Tribune, http://www.lmtribune.com