Man accused of tossing amputee girlfriend’s wheelchair outside, confining her to bed and beating her for days is convicted

Background: Justice Department trial exhibit shows interior of Mark Isham home in Minnesota. Inset: Mark Isham booking photo via court records.

Background: Justice Department trial exhibit shows interior of Mark Isham home in Minnesota. Inset: Mark Isham booking photo via court records (images via DOJ).

For the assault of the amputee mother of his children — which prosecutors said included poking her in the face with a stick that had a knife attached to the end of it and beating her for hours while trapping her inside the squalor of his home by leaving her wheelchair outside — a jury in Minnesota has convicted Mark Allen Isham, 61.

The verdict was announced by the U.S. Justice Department on June 7 after a nearly weeklong trial before U.S. District Court Judge Kate Menendez. Though facing three charges, a jury only convicted him on two counts of assault resulting in serious bodily injury and acquitted him of an assault with a dangerous weapon charge.

According to a publicly available trial brief from federal prosecutors reviewed by Law&Crime on Monday, Isham is a serial domestic abuser with a decadeslong track record of victimizing the same woman. She is identified in court records only as C.K.R. and is described as his girlfriend with whom he shares two children, ages 20 and 22.

Prosecutors said he was convicted of domestic assault five times against C.K.R. in Minnesota state court before this case and prior to that, he was convicted of domestic abuse by the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa Tribal Court 20 years ago. In 2013, he also pleaded guilty to domestic assault as a habitual offender in federal court.

Currently, Isham is detained at the Sherburne County Jail and awaits sentencing. A sentencing date does not yet appear on the federal docket.

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