Rochester, NY – Mark Christie who was imprisoned in 1994 for the murder of four-year-old Kali Ann Poulton also has admitted to beating 74-year-old Viola Manville to death six years earlier in 1988.
39-year-old Mark Christie pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree murder after admitting he bludgeoned Viola Manville, whose body was found on a path near her home in Hilton.
Frank Sterling A truck driver who confessed nearly two decades ago was imprisoned, later released after he was exonerated last year after DNA evidence proved that he did not commit the crime of murder against Viola Manville.
Christie told the judge on Thursay, “She passed by me. I stepped out onto the path. I shot her with an air pistol.” Christie also stated that after hitting her with the pellet gun he then picked up a piece of railroad tie. “I hit her over the forehead as she was lying on the ground on her back.” Christie also states “I partially undressed her body as a means of exposing her to the cold.”
Assistant District Attorney Doug Randall said, “We were prepared to prove this was Mark Christie that was responsible and that it was in everyone’s best interest to resolve it with a plea.” Randall also stated that, “Mark Christie was a danger to the community then and if ever released would be a continuing danger. He is, as some people have termed it, he is just an evil person.”
Christie is currently serving 25 years to life, as part of the deal Christie will serve an additional 20 years to life in prison he then will be eligible for parole in 10 years for the murder of Kali Ann Poulton.It is unlikely he will ever been released.
Christie will return for sentencing Oct. 28