Death penalty possible in Woodside murder case

Pooroushasb 'Peter' Parineh charged with premeditated murder for financial gain

Pooroushasb "Peter" Parineh, a resident of unincorporated Woodside and a real estate investor, has been charged with premeditated murder for financial gain in the April 13 shooting death of his wife, Parima Parineh, prosecutors said.

Parima Parineh, 56, had a "large" life insurance policy and Pooroushasb Parineh has several properties in foreclosure, no liquidity and "enormous debt," said Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe of the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office in a report.

The apparently planned nature of the allegations makes Pooroushasb Parineh, 64, subject to the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole if he is convicted, according to the state penal code.

Deputies from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office arrested Pooroushasb Parineh in Sunnyvale on June 17 and booked him into the San Mateo County jail. He is the only suspect in the case and is in jail on a no-bail status.

Pooroushasb Parineh tried to make the death of his wife appear to be a suicide, Wagstaffe said. Parima Parineh had been shot several times in the head and was found in the couples' bedroom of their home, a mansion at 50 Fox Hill Drive.

Details about the case are sealed until after the trial, if there is one, Lt. Ray Lunny of the Sheriff's Office told The Almanac.

Pooroushasb Parineh was arraigned Friday, June 18, in Redwood City Felony Court and is scheduled to enter a plea on Thursday, June 24, at 1:30 p.m.

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Posted by nick
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Jun 22, 2010 at 3:35 pm

shot several times in the head and he tried to make it look like a suicide. Brilliant!

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 23, 2010 at 5:28 am

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

In California, he best insurance for a long, carefree life is a death sentence.

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Posted by Sylvia
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 23, 2010 at 12:29 pm

Nick, you are so right! I don't think suicides generally exhibit multiple gunshots to the head. This guy needs the book thrown at him.

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Posted by Moi
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 23, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Best Alibi Ever

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Posted by Carole
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 23, 2010 at 4:38 pm

Sylvia, I hope you are not on the jury since you've already convicted him.

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Posted by Guilty
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jun 23, 2010 at 7:04 pm

LOL, Nick

Carole, there are other articles indicating significant evidence that he shot her.

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Posted by He's...
a resident of Greater Miranda
on Jun 23, 2010 at 8:39 pm


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Posted by Farhad Azad
a resident of another community
on Jan 28, 2011 at 2:24 am

Alas which am hearing this sad news about him and his family,we worked together long time ago(39 years ago) he was very nice chap and lovely person which everyone liked him in office,His Father was our Teacher in Alborz and one the the best well known teach of Alborz for long years,it is a very verydeep sorrow which I m hearing this news about him and his poor wife.
Frhad Azad

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