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Horry County man serving 5 years in prison in wife's death rejected for early release

Defendant Ashgar Eliaderani struggles for control during closing arguments in the courtroom of Judge Steven John in at the Horry County Courthouse in Conway on March 8, 2010. Eliaderani is on trial for murder in the death of his wife, Farrah Abbasi.
Defendant Ashgar Eliaderani struggles for control during closing arguments in the courtroom of Judge Steven John in at the Horry County Courthouse in Conway on March 8, 2010. Eliaderani is on trial for murder in the death of his wife, Farrah Abbasi. By Steve Jessmore / sjessmore@thesunnews.com

An Horry County man serving five years in prison in the 2008 killing of his 42-year-old wife inside their Socastee area convenience store was rejected for parole and will remain jailed, according to authorities.

Asghar Eliaderani was given the maximum sentence of five years in prison after an Horry County jury convicted him of involuntary manslaughter in the death of his wife, Farrah Abbasi.

The 56-year-old man appeared before a parole board on Wednesday and was rejected for early release, said Brad Richardson, a 15th Circuit assistant solicitor who prosecuted the case.

Eliaderani is projected to be released in September 2012, according to the S.C. Department of Corrections.

After more than a week long trial, jurors deliberated for 14 hours on March 8-9, 2010, before they convicted Eliaderani of the lesser charge in the killing. Eliaderani had faced a murder charge in the March 16, 2008, incident that occurred inside the Socastee Mini Mart on S.C. 544, their family store.

Horry County police said the killing stemmed from domestic violence.

Abbasi, who was an area pharmacist, survived in a coma for two days at an area hospital following the incident.

When Horry County police went to the Socastee Mini Mart the day of the incident, Eliaderani was coming out of the store covered in blood on his left side, according to police testimony during his trial. Officers followed a trail of blood around the store's counter and found Abbasi behind it on her back with a weak pulse.

Prosecutors said Eliaderani killed her when she went with him to the store to get documents so she could take the children to Iran that summer to visit family.

Before his father was sentenced in March 2010, Eliaderani's then 13-year-old son, Justin Abbasi, told Circuit Court Judge Steven John that he has lived in terror of his father and that the maximum sentence of five years is not enough.

The teen's then 17-year-old sister, Tina Abbasi, declined to speak during the sentencing, but she spent a day testifying against her father and gave details of domestic violence at the hands of her father.

"My childhood is gone because of that man," Justin Abbasi said at that time. "I saw what he did to my mom, and I know what he can do."

Before his sentencing, Eliaderani apologized to his children for the loss of their mother.

"Every day in the last two years has been the worst of my life. I've been thinking of Justin and Tina every night," Eliaderani said of his children. "Tina, I love her forever. Justin will always be in my heart. ... Losing a wife was very unfortunate and disaster for me. ... I'm so sorry my kids they don't have a mother."

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