Man gets 25 years in machete attack

A Santa Ana man was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison Friday for attacking a Fountain Valley man with a machete, according to the Orange County District Attorney's office.

Antonio Cinco Ortega, 26, was found guilty of conspiring to commit murder and attacking Frank Sharpski on March 3, 2009 in an alley outside of the victim's home, the district attorney said in a statement.

Frank Sharpski was nearly killed. He suffered a fractured skull, a severed thumb and fingers, a partially severed nose and several other machete wounds, according to the news release.

Ortega was charged with one felony count of attempted murder with premeditation and deliberation, one felony count of conspiracy to commit murder and one felony count of mayhem.

He was allegedly paid to kill Frank Sharpski by the victim's wife, Mary Katheryn Sharpski, 50, of Fountain Valley, so she could continue a romantic relationship with another man.

Mary Sharpski was allegedly having an affair with Michael Calvin Shores II, 42, of Fountain Valley, according to the press release. According to the release, Frank and Mary Sharpski were married with three children at the time of the crime. Shores reportedly had been a tenant in the family's home.

Mary Sharpski and Shores have been charged with one count of attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder mayhem and a sentencing enhancement for great bodily injury. They have pleaded not guilty.

If found guilty, the two will each face a maximum sentence of life in prison.

A pre-trial setting conference for the defendants is scheduled for April 12.

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