REDWOOD CITY -- Given a chance to express remorse for killing his wife, Pooroushasb "Peter" Parineh instead castigated his children and blamed them for her death, prompting a judge to call him "a coward" as she sentenced him to life in prison.
Parineh, 67, addressed the court for about 20 minutes Friday at a hearing in San Mateo County Superior Court, alternately listing some of his most valuable possessions and lashing out at his estranged children, suggesting they drove their mother to suicide.
"You three don't have the right to put me in the coffin alive," said Parineh, who was shackled and dressed in orange jail clothes. He later added, "I can forgive you for what you have done to me with your lies over and over, but know that I cannot and will not forgive you for what you have done to your mother or my wife."
Judge Lisa Novak seemed to run out of adjectives in her scathing response to Parineh, convicted May 23 of fatally shooting his wife, Parima, in their Woodside mansion, then trying to pass her death off as a suicide attempt. Prosecutor Jeff Finigan argued Parineh was trying to access a $30 million life insurance policy that paid out to his children and included a suicide clause.
"It appears your arrogance is exceeded only by your greed, which is exceeded only by your cowardice," said Novak, labeling the defendant a "shameful, petty little man" and ripping his pre-sentencing statement as "appalling and repugnant."
Two of Parineh's three adult children listened to their father's tirade from the front row of the gallery. The children filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against him in 2012 and testified against him at trial.
"It's just tough to sit through," Austiag Hormoz Parineh, 33, said after the hearing. "I think Judge Novak really summed it up well."
Parineh's real estate empire was crumbling in April 2010 when he shot her twice in the head, Finigan told jurors during the nearly monthlong trial. He will now serve the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Three people attended the sentencing in support of Parineh. Doll Stanley, 64, said she was married to the defendant for four years when she was in her 20s. Parineh was a blustery, ornery man, she said, but that doesn't mean he killed his wife.
"It's a tragedy all the way around," said Stanley, who flew in from Mississippi. "A tragedy for everybody."
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