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Rapist, mom charged with threatening witness
Woman had been subpoenaed to testify at rape trial

A man who was convicted last week of raping a former girlfriend has been charged along with his mother with trying to stop a witness from testifying at his trial.

Mark A. Evans, 32, and his mother, Penny R. Evans, 51, were charged June 17 in 3rd District Court with tampering with a witness, a third-degree felony. According to the charges, the mother and son are accused of threatening a woman who had been subpoenaed to testify at Mark Evans' five-day rape trial last week.The woman said she received a letter from Mark Evans asking her to "arrange for someone to contact the victim in the case . . . and threaten her not to testify at trial or she or her family would die," the charges state.

During a later conversation, Penny Evans "inferred that Mark was capable of murder," the charges state. Penny Evans also told the woman she "did not have to turn over the letter to law enforcement investigators or . . . take the letter with her to court."

The woman "took that as a threat to her personal safety if (she) did not do as Mark had requested in his letter," the charges state.

Penny Evans told police that she had the conversation with the woman and that she had "referred to the fact that she thought that Mark could commit murder," the charges state.

A jury convicted Mark Evans, 32, Friday of aggravated sexual assault and aggravated robbery, first-degree felonies, and failure to respond to an officer's signal to stop, a third-degree felony.

The victim testified that Mark Evans, her former boyfriend of six years, tied her to her bed with nylons and raped her at her home on Jan. 18, 1998. Four days earlier, the woman had testified during a preliminary hearing that Mark Evans had broken into her house and stolen her VCR.

After raping her, Mark Evans took the woman's ATM card and her car. The woman called 911 and police apprehended Mark Evans after he crashed into a parked vehicle.

His sentencing for that case is scheduled for Aug. 2 before Judge William Thorne.