March 20, 2013

Prosecution seeks year in jail for Zumba defendant

But lawyers for Mark Strong Sr. are recommending that he serve no more than two weeks, and are asking 12 of the 13 verdicts to be invalidated.

By Scott Dolan
Staff Writer

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Mark Strong, Sr., right, and his attorney Dan Lilley

Greg Rec / Staff Photographer

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Prosecutors portray Strong as a two-sided man: In public, a successful owner of an insurance business, and in secret, a man with an "utter lack of remorse for his crimes."

"It is noteworthy that while he was actively involved in the day-to-day management of a successful prostitution business, he was able to hide that involvement from the outside world by running the business from Thomaston," the prosecution's sentencing memorandum says.

"The emails recovered from Mark Strong's computer show that he was simultaneously continuing the prostitution business relationship with Alexis Wright and attempting to hide any connection between himself and Ms. Wright."

Those emails were shown to the jurors at Strong's trial but not made public.

The judge has since ordered packets of emails and text messages between Wright and Strong impounded.

The Portland Press Herald has filed a motion to intervene in the case and have the impoundment lifted.

Wright, 30, of Wells, is scheduled to stand trial in May on 106 counts, including promotion of prostitution, engaging in prostitution, violation of privacy, conspiracy, tax offenses and receiving welfare benefits when ineligible.

Wright last appeared in court on March 13 for a settlement conference in Portland with her attorney, Sarah Churchill.

Churchill filed a motion Wednesday, saying that because of another settlement conference scheduled March 29, she is asking that her deadline to file pretrial motions on Wright's behalf be extended to April 16.

The judge has ordered Churchill to file pretrial motions by March 26.

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