Mark Chalin of Mankato pleads guilty to killing two in driving-while-having-sex wreck

Categories: Crime, Sex
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Submitted image of Menezes via Mankato Free Press
Chalin (left) was allegedly having sex with Menezes (right) when he crashed, killing Menezes and another driver.
Yesterday, Mark Chalin, 24, pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal vehicular homicide in connection with the August 7, 2011 deaths of Amber Menezes, 23, and Jonna Martin, 35.

Chalin was allegedly driving and having sex with Menezes when he crossed the center line on Blue Earth County Road 90 and slammed into a vehicle driven by Martin. Both Martin and Menezes died. Chalin suffered 26 broken bones, a damaged bladder, and spent 45 days in the hospital, but survived.

Investigators concluded Chalin was distracted, inattentive, and had his vision obscured at the time of the crash. He was charged in February.

Yesterday, Chalin entered an Alford plea, meaning he denies guilt but acknowledges there's enough evidence to convict him.

From the Mankato Free Press:
Witnesses who had passed Chalin's car and State Patrol investigators reported Menezes was straddling Chalin, blocking his view of the road, when Chalin slammed into another car driven by Martin...

[Chalin] said he remembered leaving his father's house in Delavan with Menezes in his car and making a couple of turns while driving to his apartment in Mankato.

"The next thing I remember is waking up in the Mayo Clinic in Rochester," Chalin said. "I don't remember which day. It could have been Aug. 7, Aug. 8 or Aug. 9."
Prosecutors want Chalin to spend four years in prison. His sentencing is scheduled for December 10.

-- Correction: An earlier version of this post used an incorrect image of Chalin. We apologize for the error.

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27 comments
KellyL
KellyL

Only 4 years for killing Jonna Martin?  This is so damn selfish and stupid and so disrespectful to the life of others. This punk should get 25 to life and enjoy sex in prison.

laxx1559
laxx1559

First of all, she was cheating.  She should have been the person thinking about her own children, so we don't have to.  Obviously, she wasn't thinking them while/before she was cheating.  The blame is 50/50, nobody was forced to have sex while driving. Driving while having a person straddle you is stupid. They both chose to endanger themselves, and other drivers.  It sucks that those children had to lose a parent because of their mothers infidelity and stupidity.  Good riddance, hopefully Chris finds a new woman that won't cheat on him, do extremely dangerous things with no regard for others, and will think of his children.

laxx1559
laxx1559

Hmm, so he decided to have sex while driving, and the girl was cheating on her husband- and died!.  Does ANYONE feel bad? I have no sympathy for EITHER.

keny1
keny1

Actually, the dumb bitch should have died.  She was cheating on her husband, decided to take a ride on the "stick shift" while she was in his car.  She sounds like a Ho.  A dead Ho.  I am sure that she was one of those Libtards who thought that free birth control was a "right".  But the good news is that we have another Liberal who won't be voting in November,  And that is a good thing.

Thomas Ommen Jr.
Thomas Ommen Jr.

Juan, Paul and Joe, yeah, it's funny when people die. What's it like to be scum?

Curtis Meyer
Curtis Meyer

Hey, if you ain't lived in 'Kato, you ain't lived.

Thomas Ommen Jr.
Thomas Ommen Jr.

Pathetic...hopefully this piece of shit has all the unwanted man rape he could dream of in prison

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

If this kid gets 4 years, the sentence should apply to all distracted drivers. Don't care if shaving, on their cell, applying makeup.. If they are observed as "distracted" send them to jail.

laxx1559
laxx1559

 @keny1 Good riddance! we dont need more cheaters on earth

atrupar
atrupar moderator

 @Anon Anon -- on second investigation, you're right. We've fixed the error and appended a correction. Thanks for your comment.

jinxmchue
jinxmchue

 @fierylocks1  @keny1 DailyKos!  HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!  Oh, you were being serious?  HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!

mikeoshi
mikeoshi

 @MicheleBachmann  @CinBlueland So lemme get this right Michele, if you're texting and you kill two people you shouldn't get the same punishment as this kid having sex? what does it matter what the distraction was when the crime is homicide caused by not paying attention to the road? I think you, mam, are the idiot.

keny1
keny1

 @ludwitr  And so what is your fucking point?  Please be specific.  Are you saying that somehow killing 2 people while being distracted by texting is somehow worse than killing 2 people while being distracted by talking on a phone?

 

Do you live in the same world as the rest of us?

 

 

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