Norwalk murderer up for parole

Jim Parsons has served 20 years in prison for the 1981 bludgeoning death of his wife.
Cary Ashby
May 16, 2013

One of the things that has always bothered Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler about the February 1981 murder of Barbara Parsons is that her husband, who was convicted of the crime, "has never admitted to it."

"I don't think there's any great mystery about what happened," Leffler said.

James "Jim" O. Parsons, now 75, goes before a parole board Friday. He is serving 15 years to life for beating his estranged wife to death with a breaker bar.

"They were living in the same house," Leffler said. "There were certainly some problems. There were divorce consultations."

Parsons has been at the Richland Correctional Institution since Aug. 18, 1993.

While 41-year-old Barbara Parsons was bludgeoned to death on the morning of Feb. 12, 1981, her husband wasn't arrested until 12 years later -- on Feb. 23, 1993.

A detailed story about the case, including evidence and testimony presented during the trial and Leffler's commentary, appears on the front page of Friday's Norwalk Reflector. So you don't miss stories such as these, sign up for home delivery by calling 419-668-3771 or subscribe to the e-paper (a complete digital replica of each issue) for less than $1 per week and read the full-version of the stories online.

 

Comments

Trucker63

I'm of the opinion that anyone who bashes in his wifes skull with a breaker bar shouldn't be released from jail! JP always had a problem with his temper... Saw him almost come to blows with one of his customers back in the day in his repair shop! Once a psycho always a psycho! Just sayin'.

BlueAngel

IMO...any man who stands over his child, whether it be biological or foster and stabs her to death and only gets 3 years....should have been in there for life... but he only got 3 years.............so now this Parsons is up for parole... lets see what happens.. maybe he will get it!

TOPGUN01

I AGREE 3 YEARS !!COME ON!P -E WILL PAY SOMEDAY?AND I KNEW JIM PARSONS AND HIS WIFE SHE WAS A SWET HEART AND HE WAS A HOLE!

saxkris

He used to run a car repair shop in Norwalk. He was a crook. The NPD used his garage for repairs and started marking parts on their vehicle that were suppose to be replaced. Come to find out he just cleaned the old part, re-installed it and charged he city for replacing it. He was suppose to re-build my carb. in a old Thunderbird I had, instead he just took it out and cleaned it in cleaning solution and but it back in. We knew it wasn't re=built because it still had a homemade gasket my husband put on the carb when he tried to fix it. I went bck up there to the shop and told him I wanted it fixed right and Parson's went Postal. Throwing stuff ect.

ColdAsIce

I love that word, "Crook" lol.

JACKEL

Does that mean bent over ?

Shannon2

Did you see what that creep wrote on her tombstone? Tap the tombstone to make it bigger and you'll read it clear as day. TO THE GREATEST AND MOST WONDERFUL WOMAN IN THE WHOLE WORLD. WITH ALL MY LOVE ... JIM. Maybe the parole board people should think about that.

AverageGuy

Horrible, horrible crime.
But it's a pretty well known fact that he's in failing health.
Would you rather have him stay in prison and get medical care on our dime?

all fact or all...

He would most likley get free medical on our dime in or out of prison. IMO I would rather he stay in prison. He was and I'm sure still is a hateful person with an awful temper. I doubt that was fixed in the big house.

Kottage Kat

We will pay for it either way.
I would much rather pay for him to stay where he is
Hope he NEVER gets out.

AverageGuy

Touche...We probably will pay.
However, I'm guessing he'll be released.

JACKEL

Any one that leaves the murder weapon in someone else's trunk with Lake Erie nearby isn't too bright !

AlterEgo

One thing I never understood if, if I were mechanic, what is the last thing I would use to bash my wife's head in would be a Craftsman wrench. I just don't know why it to 12 years to figure that one out.

dontcare

Narcissistic sociopath