By Christina Carrega
A Queens jury found a husband guilty on Monday for viciously beating his pregnant wife unconscious inside the homeless shelter they lived in at the time, prosecutors said.
Mark King faces up to seven years in prison for chasing, kicking and stomping his eight-months-pregnant wife inside the hallway of the Lincoln Motor Inn. The motel is located along the Van Wyck Expressway and serves as a homeless shelter.
The Feb. 8, 2018 incident happened on the fourth-floor where other residents of the shelter observed the attack, that was also captured on surveillance video, prosecutors said. King, 32, threw his wife’s cell phone at her and beat her until she lost consciousness, prosecutors said.
“This husband failed to show love and respect for his wife nor care that she was carrying the couple’s unborn child. He brutally beat the woman he had vowed to protect,” said Queens County District Attorney Richard A. Brown. “This defendant deserves significant punishment for his actions.”
After a week-long trial, the jury convicted King of second-degree assault charges. Queens Supreme Court Justice Richard L. Buchter is expected to sentence King from five to seven year in prison on Jan. 29.