LIVINGSTON COUNTY – A Dansville woman begged the question as she pled guilty to trying to run over her husband with a car, “Why wasn’t he arrested for adultery?’
Lois Mark, 53, made the polite inquiry to Judge Robert Wiggins as she pled guilty to felony Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree and agreed to a sentence of six months in jail.
“If committing adultery with another woman is a crime, why aren’t the two of them being charged?” asked Mark.
“You are making a leap that you can make, ma’am, that’s fine, but what law enforcement saw is two people on a motorcycle together, and you turned to hit one of them,” said Judge Wiggins.
Mark had a tough time admitting that she recklessly endangered her husband by driving at him with her vehicle. Judge Wiggins and Assistant District Attorney Josh Tonra both asked her questions about the incident on June 16, 2016, but her sworn statements on the record at first did not fit the charge to which she was to plead guilty.
“I caught him and her on a motorcycle together. I was coming down the street and pulled in the driveway where she lived. I confronted them […] and pulled the car in front of him to block him,” said Mark at first. She denied that her husband had to jump out of the way to avoid being struck. “I stopped before reaching him. There was plenty of room for him.”
“I’m not asking any more questions, Judge,” said Tonra.
After an off the record bench conference with Tonra and Mark’s attorney, Assistant Public Defender Lindsay Quintilone, Judge Wiggins allowed Mark more time to speak with her attorney. Mark apologized to the Judge.
“Don’t be sorry, just be honest,” said Judge Wiggins.
Mark reappeared after the court moved on to a few other, unrelated cases. This time, Mark changed her tune.
“I drove towards my husband to try and run him over because I was angry and upset and mad. I don’t know how close I got to him,” said Mark.
Tonra asked whether she cared what the result of hitting him was. She said “No.”
Since June 16, Mark has been incarcerated at the Livingston County Jail. She will get credit for this time and serve the remainder of the six-month sentence. Judge Wiggins issued an 8-year complete stayaway order of protection in favor of her husband.