NJ man gets state prison for holding knife to throat of Medina man

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 11 May 2022 at 2:12 pm

ALBION – A New Jersey man who came to Orleans County on July 4, 2021 and put a knife to the throat of a Medina man was sentenced to 1 to 3 years in state prison today.

Mark Anson, 39, of Morristown previously pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted burglary, for illegal entry with intent to commit a crime.

He could have faced a maximum of 1 1/3 to 4 years as part of a plea deal. His attorney, David Wade, asked for probation and no jail time. He said Anson is a family man with skills in his profession.

When Judge Sanford Church announced the sentence included incarceration, Anson became angry and shouted the f-word several times at the judge and District Attorney Joe Cardone, claiming “this court is rigged.”

He was led out of the courtroom and to the county jail.

Judge Church considered added more time to sentence for contempt of court, but opted to stay with the 1 to 3 year sentence.

“That is the worst disrespect I’ve ever seen shown in court,” Church said.

Wade, Anson’s attorney, apologized on behalf of Anson after he was removed from the courtroom.

In other cases in county court:

William Holmes, 35, was sentenced to weekends in jail over four months plus five years of probation for attempted assault with intent to cause serious physical injury to someone. Holmes was in an argument with another patron at Poler’s Pub  in Medina Jan. 8, 2022. Holmes allegedly pulled a knife and cut the other person in the hand.

Michael Borrero, 23, of Medina pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree. As part of a plea agreement, he faces a maximum of 1 1/2 to 3 years in prison when he is sentenced on July 20.

Borrero, a second felony offender, isn’t allowed to have a firearm. He admitted he had a shotgun on Jan. 8 and fired twice in the ground towards another person, who Borrero said came to his home and was threatening him.

Christopher Doxey, 37, of Medina was arraigned for third-degree criminal mischief and second-degree menacing with a weapon. He allegedly was in an argument at someone’s house on Feb. 16 and hit a car with a baseball bat. He was released on his own recognizance with no bail.

Stephen Lopez, 38, of Medina was arraigned on charges of fourth-degree criminal possession of a narcotics drug, driving a motor vehicle with a BAC over .08 percent, felony DWI due to another conviction within the past 10 years, and aggravated unlicensed operation in the first degree.

Lopez was stopped by police for allegedly driving while drunk on Feb. 2. He allegedly had cocaine in the vehicle. He was released today on his own recognizance with no bail.