Sandy Springs man guilty of shooting wife sentenced to 35 years - CBS46 News

Sandy Springs man guilty of shooting wife sentenced to 35 years

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FULTON COUNTY, GA (CBS46/AP) -

A man convicted of shooting his wife eight times outside their Sandy Springs apartment has been sentenced to serve 35 years in prison.

Michael Parson did not speak prior to being sentenced Friday, but his mother, Margaret Parson, said he's not the monster he's been painted to be.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Kelly A. Lee gave Michael Parson the maximum possible sentence. She said this was a rare case where she found the sentencing range too low.

Michael Parson was found guilty Thursday of aggravated assault, attempted murder and other charges in the April 2012 shooting of his now ex-wife Adina, a former attorney for the state department of public health who survived the attack and now uses a wheelchair. She suffered injuries to her head, arms, torso and legs.

Initially, detectives treated Michael Parson as the grieving husband until they tracked down 21-year-old Rachael Harner, the woman he was engaged to.

Harner told detectives that Michael Parson lied about his marriage with Adina Parson and told Harner that his wife was actually his aunt. Harner said she never knew he was married.

Harner spoke Friday at Michael Parson's sentencing.

"I am speaking to this courtroom today with heavy guilt on my heart because I was able to walk to this courtroom today. I am able speak clearly to anyone who will hear me. It seems cruel to speak of my pain when Adina cannot," said Harner. "Although a verdict has been reached, it cannot reverse the damage that has cost everybody involved in this case."

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