Man sentenced to serve 25 years for Portsmouth homicide

Posted at 12:27 PM, Jan 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-27 12:32:32-05

Marc A Harding

Portsmouth, Va. – Marc A. Harding has been sentenced for the homicide of a 60-year-old Portsmouth man.

Harding was charged with second degree murder in the death of Thomas Parson. Harding pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced to 40 years in jail with 15 years suspended.  He will serve 25 years and will be on probation for 10 years.

Back in July, 60-year-old Parson was pronounced dead inside of a home in the 2900 block of Deep Creek Boulevard, according to Portsmouth Police spokesperson Detective Misty Holley.

Medics responded to find Parson suffering injuries consistent with being assaulted and he was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Holley.

Police say there were no signs of forced entry into the home.

Police found Harding in Hampton.