Lufkin man acquitted in co-sleeping death pleads guilty to prescription fraud

Mark Clark (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Mark Clark (Source: Angelina County Jail)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin man who was acquitted in a trial connected to the death of his infant son pleaded guilty to using fraud in order get prescription narcotics Tuesday morning.

Mark Wayne Clark, 33, entered the plea in the courtroom of Judge Paul White, and will learn his sentencing after a pre-sentence investigation.

Clark pleaded guilty to five counts of fraudulent delivery of a controlled substance. In exchange for the plea, the state dropped the remaining 24 counts.

A grand jury indicted Clark and his wife, Vanessa Clark, in November.

The Clarks went to trial separately in 2012 in connection to their infant son's death in 2010. It was their second son to die as a result of them sleeping with it. According to courtroom testimony, both Clarks used prescription drugs in 2010.

A jury found Vanessa Clark guilty of child endangerment in April. District Judge Paul White sentenced her to 119 months in prison. She is out of prison on a $100,000 appeal bond.

A jury found Mark Clark not guilty of the same charge in May. Court testimony revealed he did not know the infant was in bed with him when he died.

Vanessa Clark pleaded guilty in April to five counts of fraudulent delivery. She also will face sentencing at a later date.

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