A married father of five who ran over his mistress with a utility truck in her backyard, leaving her critically injured, was convicted yesterday in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court.
Timothy Lee Mattoon, 46, of the 600 block of Laurel Drive in Pasadena entered an Alford plea before Circuit Judge Michael E. Loney to first-degree assault, which carries the possibility of up to 25 years in prison. He will be sentenced in June. Under an Alford plea, a defendant denies guilt but concedes that prosecutors have enough evidence for a conviction.
He was initially charged with first- and second-degree attempted murder, assault and malicious destruction of property in the Oct. 7 confrontation.
According to a statement of facts read in court by Assistant State's Attorney Anne Colt Leitess, Mattoon dropped off his mistress, Carol Ann Perkins, 43, at her home in the 200 block of Meadow Road about 9 p.m. A few minutes later, he called back and the couple began fighting, Leitess said. He told her he wanted to talk to her outside.
Perkins stepped out to meet him, and Mattoon, driving a white truck bearing the name of the air-conditioning company where he worked, barreled through a green metal fence surrounding her yard, Leitess said, and ripped the back steps from the foundation of the house.
He struck Perkins twice, mangling her leg and cutting her face, Leitess said.
Mattoon then rammed the truck through a wooden fence, driving into a neighbor's yard and hitting a shed before reversing back into Perkins' yard and smashing into another shed, Leitess said.
Perkins' roommate, her landlord and a neighbor witnessed the attack, Leitess told the court.
Mattoon fled on foot, prosecutors said, adding that they believe he jumped into a nearby waterway and swam to his mother's house. His boots were found at the pier. He surrendered to authorities the next day.
Perkins was comatose for three weeks at Maryland Shock Trauma Center and has spent the past four months at a rehabilitation center. Pins and a metal rod remain in her damaged leg, which is now shorter than the other.
She had been prepared yesterday to testify against Mattoon at trial.
Mattoon told the judge that he is being treated with medication for anxiety and depression. He is being held without bond.
Mattoon's attorney, Stanley Robbins, declined to comment.
Mattoon's wife and three of their children watched the hearing in tears. The family declined to comment after the hearing.