Mary Katheryn Sharpski Gets 10 Years in Attempted Machete Murder of Husband: Update

Categories: Court, Crime-iny

Sharpski, who was then Mary Endicott, in her Tustin High class photo.
An abused wife, who planned to relocate in Wyoming with her kids and lover, was sentenced today to 10 years and four months in a California prison for recruiting a would-be hit man to hack her husband to death outside his Fountain Valley residence.

Mary Katheryn Sharpski last month entered into a plea bargain with prosecutors that wiped out the 50-year-old's credit for time served in jail, making her punishment the equivalent of nearly 16 years in prison, according to defense attorney Joel Garson.

Mary Katheryn Sharpski, Superhot Mom, Guilty of Hubby's Attempted Murder by Machete

Mary and Frank Sharpski took Michael Calvin Shores II in as a tenant at their two-bedroom Fountain Valley apartment after he lost his job as a security guard. Shores was to clean up the apartment and care for the couple's two daughters and son instead of paying rent, but by the spring of 2009, he and Mary had become lovers.

They allegedly conspired to hire butcher Antonio Cinco Ortega of Santa Ana to kill Frank Sharpski in what would appear to be a robbery attempt (allegedly because 42-year-old Shores has a trial pending).

Around 5:30 a.m. on March 3, 2009, Frank Sharpski was in an alley outside his apartment, heading to the FedEx van he drove to work, when he was approached by a stranger wielding a machete with a three-foot-long blade. The 49-year-old's skull was fractured, a thumb and fingers were severed, his nose was sliced off and he suffered several other machete wounds as he was left to die. His screams alerting neighbors--and several emergency surgeries--are what saved his life. He now uses a wheelchair and is missing fingers.

Ortega, 26, was convicted and sentenced in January to 25 years to life in prison for the attempted murder.

City News Service reports Deputy District Attorney Lynda Fernandez is negotiating a plea deal for Shores, who is due in court Dec. 6 for a trial-setting conference. That's because Orange County Superior Court Judge Richard Toohey last month ruled the prosecution cannot show jurors Sharpski's videotaped confession without the testimony of her inquisitor Vern Ahlo. The retired detective said he was "uninterested" in testifying, according to Fernandez.

Mary Katheryn Sharpski's booking photo

After Sharpski said she might need an attorney, the video camera was turned off for 20 minutes before she related the details of the murder-for-hire plot, explained Fernandez, who noted Sharpski later claimed the confession was coerced.

"Without [Ahlo's] cooperation, there was no way to disprove the defendant's testimony that she was harassed and badgered during the 20 minutes the video camera was off," Fernandez said.

A mistrial was declared in Sharpski's first trial after jurors who'd heard about the emotional and physical pain she endured in her marriage could not agree on a conviction.

Toohey received a victim-impact statement from Frank Sharpski, who explained how he has struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder, needed help penning his letter to the judge and has only recently been healthy enough to use a walker (with great difficulty).

"Mary's actions have changed my life and my children's lives forever," he wrote. "I will never be able to have freedom from my injuries and disability."

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Bonnie Kennedy
Bonnie Kennedy

You can leave your husband without killing him. even without cheating on him. imagine that.

Chris Moran
Chris Moran

Lizzy Borden-by-Proxy? Sounds good to me for anyone who beats on his wife.

Kevin Kelley
Kevin Kelley

So it should be a lighter sentence? I don't think it would be a very safe world if every girl had the right to kill their husband, or deserved a "light sentence" due to their situation. And FYI their has been a total of four girls killed by the death penalty since the 40's and there have been over 1000 men. I think the justice system is already plenty "light" on women...

Kb Brat
Kb Brat

She was willing to have another take a life on her behalf, and all the other wrongs in the world, do not make that right, so yeah - light sentence - the kids suffer either way.

Shannon Tiare
Shannon Tiare

Meanwhile, men who kill their wives/girlfriends in a "fit of passion" get laughably light "manslaughter" sentences than women who kill their abusive spouses/boyfriends in self defense.

Shannon Tiare
Shannon Tiare

Yeah, 10 years is totally "light" for a mother with kids.

paullucas714 topcommenter

wow she looks like shes traveled 40 miles of bad road since high school.


@Billy Frame 

Such a deep, insightful comment, Billy. Did you get that one out of the "Misogynist's Handbook"? Yeah, one bad apple means the whole orchard is rotten, right? Grow up.


He just may mean the slipper never existed , so quit believing in fairy tails, trust knows no gender.


@FishWithoutBicycle @trb92677  

I don't believe in fairy tales...and I buy my own slippers. :-) 

I agree that "trust knows no gender". But that was my point...judge someone as an individual...not based on how you "expect" them to act because of their gender or otherwise...

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