Timothy Ray Parsons, right in orange, sits in court with his attorney David Lockwood during his sentencing hearing for double murder.
MADISON – Investigators called it one of the most horrific crimes in Boone County’s history – the double murder and sexual assault that took place last year in Bloomingrose.
On Wednesday, May 1, 2013, the case came to a close as Timothy Ray Parsons was sentenced to two life sentences without mercy, meaning he will spend the rest of his life behind bars. The two life sentences will run consecutively.
“This is one of the most horrific, violent crimes to come before me,” said Boone County Circuit Judge William Thompson. “You had several opportunities to show mercy to the victims of your crimes and you showed none.”
Parsons was accused of murdering his own wife and her mother, and also sexually assaulting his teenage step-daughter.
An emotionally packed courtroom burst in to applause when the judge sentenced Parsons to life without mercy. During the hearing many family members and friends of the victims could be heard crying.
“You ruined my life and the lives of so many others,” one of the family members of the victims said during the hearing while giving victims’ impact statements. “Why would you do this to people who loved you and stood by you?”
Parsons, 37, agreed to plead guilty to the first-degree murder of his wife and mother-in-law in a plea deal with the Boone County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. One count of sexual assault and one count of kidnapping were dropped in exchange for the plea agreement.
Parsons confessed to the crimes to Boone County Chief Deputy Chad Barker after being captured in Kanawha County hiding near the Kanawha River behind Dupont Middle School in Belle/Rand area of eastern Kanawha County. He had apparently set up some type of camp site.
According to investigators at the time of his arrest, Parsons allegedly killed his wife, mother-in-law and raped his 15-year-old step-daughter on the evening of Monday, May 14, and morning of Tuesday, May 15, 2012.
Police said Gloria "Sue" Kinder, Parsons' mother-in-law, and Leighanne Kinder-Parsons, Parsons' wife, were stabbed to death at their home on River Avenue in Bloomingrose.
Prosecutors said Parsons had laid his wife, Leighanne Kinder-Parsons on a bed before cutting her throat, following an argument over money, pills and affairs he was allegedly having with other women. He then called in sick to work and also called his wife’s work and said she was also sick and would not be reporting to the job.
“He then went downstairs and told others in the house that his wife was upstairs sleeping,” prosecutors said.
Later Parsons took his mother-in-law, Gloria Sue Kinder, upstairs and she found her daughter's body, Leighanne Kinder, with her throat cut.
Gloria Sue Kinder became upset and was then confronted by Parsons who then bound her feet and hands and used a “work knife” to cut her throat, killing her, according testimony from the lead investigating officer.
Investigators said that Parsons cut his mother-in-law’s throat while she sat in a recliner chair and then overturned her in the chair and left it on top of her body.
The 15-year-old told investigators while she was taking a shower about 11 p.m. on May 14, 2012, and said that's Parsons told her that he was going to have sex with her. After the victim said no, Parsons told her he killed her mother and grandmother, showed her the dead bodies, and threatened to kill her if she didn't have sex with him.
Parsons then forcibly dragged the victim back downstairs to her bedroom and bound her hands and feet with black electrical tape and sexually assaulted her. After the alleged assault, Parson then went to sleep.
The 15-year-old told investigators Parsons stayed at the house until 9 a.m., Tuesday, May 15, 2012. A few hours later the girl was able to break loose from the bindings and go to a neighbor's home for help.
Parsons was captured in the early morning hours of Wednesday, May 16, 2012, in Kanawha County.
After receiving his sentence, Parsons said there was nothing he could say other than “sorry.”