Orange County District Attorney
Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
For Immediate Release
April 7, 2009
Susan Kang Schroeder
WESTMINSTER – A wife was charged today with hiring two men, her boyfriend and his friend, to kill her husband. Mary Katheryn Sharpski, 46, Fountain Valley, is charged with one felony count of attempted murder, one felony count of conspiracy to commit murder, one felony count of mayhem, and a sentencing enhancement for great bodily injury. If convicted, Sharpski faces a maximum sentence of multiple life sentences in state prison. Sharpski was arraigned today and is being held on $1 million bail. She is scheduled to be back in court for a pre-trial hearing April 17, 2009, in Department W-14, West Justice Center, Westminster. The time will be determined.
The two co-defendants, Antonio Cinco Ortega, 23, Santa Ana, and Michael Calvin Shores II, 39, Fountain Valley, were charged yesterday with the same charges as Sharpski with Ortega facing an additional sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a deadly weapon. They are being held on $1 million bail and are scheduled for a continued arraignment April 17, 2009, in Department W-14, West Justice Center, Westminster. The time will be determined.
Frank and Mary Sharpski are married with three children. Sharpski is accused of having an affair with Shores, a tenant in their home for approximately one year. Sharpski is accused of planning to murder her husband, Frank Sharpski, in order to live with Shores and her three children as a family. Sharpski and Shores are accused of meeting and conspiring with Ortega, a good friend of Shores. Sharpski is accused of agreeing to pay Ortega to murder her husband and providing him with information of the victim’s daily route.
In the early morning of March 3, 2009, Ortega is accused of attacking Frank Sharpski outside his apartment in the alley of the complex on Euclid Street with a machete. Ortega is accused of fracturing the victim’s skull, severing a thumb and fingers, partly severing his nose, causing several machete wounds, and leaving him to die. When Fountain Valley Police Department officers responded at 5:51 a.m. to the scene, they found the victim on the ground near the carports bleeding severely and semi-conscious. He was transported to a hospital, where he received several surgeries and is recovering from the attack. Ortega is accused of leaving forensic evidence at the crime scene, linking the three to the murder-for-hire plot.
Deputy District Attorney Lynda Fernandez of the Special Prosecutions Unit is prosecuting this case.