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Man who shot wife sent to prison for 35 years

ATLANTA — A man convicted of shooting his wife eight times outside their Sandy Springs apartment was sentenced Friday to serve 35 years in prison.

Michael Parson, 43, was found guilty Thurs­day of aggravated assault, attempted murder and other charges in the April 2012 shooting of his 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.

The man was having an affair with a co-worker, was engaged to the woman and told her that Adina was his aunt. He was arrested in El Paso, Texas, in May 2012.

Parson fabricated a story about being at a veterans’ hospital in Decatur at the time of the shooting. One of Parson’s friends posed as him at the hospital and waited in the emergency room in hopes that surveillance footage would provide a solid alibi. Investigators used cellphone tower records to prove he was at the scene.

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

PTA chief sentenced over embezzled funds

ATLANTA — The former president of an elementary school PTA and educational foundation has been sentenced to prison for stealing at least $80,000 from the groups.

Fulton County district attorney’s spokeswoman Yvette Jones said Maryam Arjomand, 48, pleaded guilty Thursday to forgery and theft by taking. The money was embezzled from the E. Rivers Ele­mentary School PTA and the E. Rivers Education foundation between 2010 and 2012. Investigators found the money was diverted to an unauthorized account where Arjomand once worked.

Arjomand was sentenced to 10 years in prison and must serve 90 days in jail. She will serve the rest of her sentence on probation.


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