Mission Viejo Man Charged With Murder After Allegedly Strangling Wife to Death: DA

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The Orange County Sheriff’s Department provided this photo of Gary Lee Parsons, 74, after arresting him Feb. 3, 2015, for allegedly killing his wife in Mission Viejo.

A 74-year-old man was charged Thursday with felony murder after allegedly strangling his wife to death in their Mission Viejo home.

Gary Lee Parsons was accused of engaging in an argument with his wife, 73-year-old Barbara Parsons, that later escalated into a physical confrontation inside their home on Tuesday, according to a news release from the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

During the argument, Parsons allegedly threw his wife onto their bed and strangled her until she was unresponsive, the release stated.

Barbara Parsons, 73 (Credit: DMV)

Barbara Parsons, 73 (Credit: DMV)

Parsons then allegedly tucked his wife into bed and left the house.  Investigators said he later called a family member, who notified the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

Parsons eventually called authorities himself and was sitting in his car outside his home when deputies arrived, the release stated.

He was arrested at the scene.

If convicted, Parsons faced a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison.

He was being held on $1 million bail, according to the release.