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Man pleads guilty to second-degree assault

June 03, 1999

A man accused of terrorizing and physically abusing his wife of 15 years last January was given a three-year suspended prison sentence Wednesday in Washington County Circuit Court.

Mark W. Shanaberger, 44, of 6214 Washington Monument Road, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of second-degree assault. He will be on probation for 30 months.

In exchange for the plea, an additional charge of first-degree assault was dismissed, court records said.

According to court records, Mariet Francesca Shanaberger went to Washington County Hospital on Jan. 19, reporting she had been repeatedly abused and strangled into near unconsciousness by her husband over a protracted time period.

She told police he grabbed her around the neck and squeezed until she blacked out. When she came around, she tried to get help but found that the telephone line had been cut.

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"You have to beg to live," he told her, according to court records.

Later that same day, he put her in a headlock, court records said.

When police contacted her at the hospital, they saw marks on her neck and a bloody nose, court records said.

- Marlo Barnhart

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