NACOGDOCHES — When Stephen F. Austin State University held commencement ceremonies in 1965, Charlie Parsons’ plan was to become a real-life Perry Mason. Instead, he became the bane of criminals.

Parsons, who led the fight against a white supremacist gang in Los Angeles and helped take down the mob in Las Vegas, will be honored this weekend as one of SFA’s distinguished alumni.

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