Mission Viejo Man Strangles Wife

Staff Reports

Santa Ana – On Thurs., Feb. 5, an Orange County husband was arraigned on charges of strangling and murdering his wife in their Mission Viejo home.

Gary Lee Parsons, 74, is charged with one felony count of murder. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison. The defendant is being held on $1 million bail in Santa Ana’s Central Jail.

In the early hours of Feb. 3, Parsons is accused of engaging in an argument with his wife, Barbara Parsons, 73, inside their home. The argument escalated to a physical altercation and the defendant is accused of throwing the victim onto their bed and strangling her until she was unresponsive. He is also accused of tucking the victim into the bed and leaving the home in his car.

Parsons reportedly then called a family member, who, in turn, called the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) to report the crime.

At approximately 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 3, OCSD received a call from the defendant, and deputies arrived at the Mission Viejo home shortly thereafter. The defendant returned home and parked in the driveway.  After entering the home and finding Barbara Parsons deceased in her bed, OSCD deputies arrested the defendant.