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O.C. man who kept wife, mother-in-law on ice gets life

March 25, 2009 | 11:32 am

An Irvine man who stabbed his wife and mother-in-law to death and stored their bodies in an ice-filled bathtub was sentenced today to life without the possibility of parole.

According to prosecutors, Bahram Nazeri, 51, stabbed his wife, Nooshin Mirabadi, 29, and mother-in-law, Parvane Ghararyankordestan, 58, to death in August 2006 because he believed his wife was having an affair. He stored the bodies in a bathtub filled with ice over several days until they were discovered by Nazeri’s brother.

Bahram Nazeri, a truck driver, came to the United States from Iran in the 1980s and was joined by Mirabadi after their marriage in the mid-1990s, said Dan Wagner, who prosecuted the case. The couple  had two young daughters who were instructed by Nazeri not to enter the bathroom where the bodies were stored, prosecutors said.

“It’s hard to overstate the violence that he committed,”  Wagner said. “It’s a really wicked, wicked thing.”

Nazeri was found guilty last month of two felony counts of murder enhanced by the special circumstance allegation of committing multiple murders. The couple's two daughters were placed in protective custody and have been adopted, Wagner said.

-- Paloma Esquivel