Cheswold man gets 24 years for raping wife and attempting to have her killed

Mark A. Bartell

DOVER — A 51-year-old Cheswold man was sentenced to 24 years in prison last week after raping his wife in 2015 and then trying to arranged her murder afterward, officials said.

Delaware Department of Justice said Mark A. Bartell will then serve six months of home confinement or work release following release from prison, then three years of probation.

He must also register as a Tier 3 sex offender.

In April, Bartell a Kent County Superior Court jury convicted Bartell of two counts of second-degree rape, one count of fourth-degree rape, and two counts of solicitation.

He was facing a mandatory minimum of 20 years maximum incarceration and possibly up to 75 years.

Deputy Attorneys General Denise Weeks-Tappan and Stephen Smith prosecuted the case.

The DOJ said Bartell sexually assaulted his wife in her bedroom the morning after an argument.

He allegedly attempted to hire James T. Vaughn Correctional Center inmates to kill her after he was arrested and incarcerated, officials said.

On Jan. 25, Resident Judge William L. Witham Jr. denied Bartell’s request to separate the rape and criminal solicitation charges against him.

Bartell unsuccessfully argued that a jury would unfairly evaluate his overall case based on his incarceration at the time.

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