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Death penalty possible in Woodside murder case
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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