KENT, Wash. — A man who killed his ex-wife at a Federal Way church three years ago was sentenced to more than 28 years in prison Friday — the maximum of the standard sentencing range for his crime.
The sentence comes two months after Charles Parsons, 44, had pleaded guilty to first degree murder charges for fatally shooting Carol Parsons during a counseling session at Calvary Lutheran Church.
He then called 911 to turn himself in.
In court Friday, Carol Parson's family members successfully pleaded with the judge to give Charles Parsons the maximum sentence for the murder that left his three children without their mother.
Their grandmother, who takes care of the children now, said the children still suffer, with the youngest at 5-years-old, constantly worrying that his grandmother now won't come home.
"I thought I was suffering greatly; my grandkids are the ones suffering," Roberta Hales said. "They're the ones that need justice."
Carol's father, Richard Hales, told the judge Charles Parsons showed no mercy in the crime.
"Chuck chose to abandon his children and leave them orphans," he said. "Please provide us with the full measure of justice by posing the maximum sentence because of the heinous nature of this crime."
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