Man sentenced 28 years for shooting ex-wife at FW church

Mirror staff reports:

Charles L. Parsons was sentenced today to 28 and a half years in prison for shooting his ex-wife at a Federal Way church in 2010.

Parsons, 44, received the maximum sentence recommended by King County prosecutors. He pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in April.

On March 17, 2010, Parsons shot his ex-wife, Carol Parsons, 38, during a counseling session at Calvary Lutheran Church in Federal Way. The Lakewood couple had been married 12 years and had three children. They had divorced the previous year, but Charles Parsons wanted to reconcile the relationship.

According to charging documents, during a counseling session, Parsons asked his ex-wife if she would stop seeing her new boyfriend. When she refused to stop seeing the man, Parsons rose to his feet, retrieved a gun from his coat and shot six rounds at his ex-wife.

He then went outside and called 911, allegedly telling the dispatcher he had "shot his wife in a counseling session in a fit of rage," according to charging documents. Parsons set his weapon aside and waited for police to arrive on scene.

The shooting took place during a time when there were children upstairs at the daycare's church. Parsons also allegedly threatened the counselor with the gun. Medics attempted to aid Carol Parsons and transported her to Harborview Medical Center, where she later died of gunshot wounds.


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