Lakewood man who killed wife gets 28½-year sentence

Staff writerJune 7, 2013 

A Lakewood man who fatally shot his wife during a counseling session at a Federal Way church three years ago was sentenced Friday to 28½ years in prison.

Charles Parsons, 44, pleaded guilty in April to first-degree murder in the death of Carol Parsons, 38. The couple were married 12 years before divorcing in 2009. They had three children.

Charles Parsons hoped to get back together wife his wife, but she had begun dating another man, prosecutors said.

During a March 17, 2010, counseling session, Charles Parsons asked her if she would stop dating her boyfriend. When she refused, he retrieved a gun from his coat pocket and shot her five times, prosecutors said. He then left the church, called 911 and waited for police to come arrest him.

Judge LeRoy McCullough gave Charles Parsons the maximum sentence.

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