Mark Clark Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison - Attorney Vows Appeal
(New Braunfels, TX) -- The same jury that found New Braunfels attorney Mark Clark guilty of 2nd degree felony attempted sexual performance of a child returned a 7-year sentence against him yesterday afternoon in Comal County District Court. A total of 9 witnesses were called during the punishment phase of the trial, 4 for the state (which was asking the jury for the full 20-year possible sentence), and 5 witnesses for the defense (which argued that probation was the proper punishment).
The witnesses for the prosecution included more alleged victims that had come forward, like the woman who had already testified in this case that Clark had hired her to work as a clerk in his office when she was 17 years old and pregnant. Another woman testified yesterday that back in 2002, when she was 14 years old and a student at New Braunfels Middle School, that Clark had slipped a note with his phone number and a $5 bill into her pocket when she was in line to get a sno-cone. That woman and her mother both took the stand yesterday to describe that incident, along with an attorney, who formerly worked for the Comal County District Attorney’s Office, also testified about that case.
The defense witnesses included his father (former Comal County Judge Fred Clark), several attorneys, and a real estate appraiser, each one testifying on behalf of Clark and his character, asking the jury to consider probation as a sentence.
The jury was handed the case a little before 12 noon, and after 3 hours of deliberation, returned with a verdict of 7 years in prison, and a 10-thousand dollar fine. Clark will only have to serve about a quarter of that time, or a little less than 2 years, before becoming eligible for parole and he’ll lose his license to practice law, and will have to register as a sex offender in Texas. But attorneys for Clark say they plan to appeal the jury’s verdict. To hear comments from Clark’s attorney, Joe James Sawyer, just click the Audio Clip below. As an appeal is filed in this case, stay tuned to KGNB News for updates.