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 Posted: Friday Apr 14th, 2006 06:01 PM
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06:45 AM PDT on Friday, April 14, 2006
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EUGENE, Ore. -- A race car driver was convicted of killing the husband of a woman with whom he was having an affair.

 


 

Derek Ofenham, 22, of Springfield is scheduled to be sentenced Monday in Lane County. The conviction carries a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole for at least 25 years.



Ofenham told Eugene police he had been planning for weeks to kill Mark Howard, 50, a popular race car builder. Ofenham had been having an affair with Howard's wife, 49-year-old Janet Howard, for more than a year and he killed the husband to "get him out of the way," according to court documents.



Howard was found dead inside his Eugene auto shop on Oct. 7. Investigators found five .22-caliber bullet casings near Howard's body. An autopsy determined that he had been shot three times in the head, once in the upper torso and once in the hand.



Janet Howard, who had been married for 20 years, told police that her husband learned of her infidelity about two months before the shooting.



A judge last month ruled that Ofenham's confession to police could be used as evidence in his trial, which had been scheduled to begin next week.



Ofenham, in a deal to avoid the trial, agreed with facts presented by Deputy Lane County District Attorney Bob Lane in court Thursday and was convicted before Lane County Circuit Judge Karsten Rasmussen.



Howard was well-known at the Cottage Grove Speedway, where he fixed and fueled the cars of circle-track racers. Friends described him as a hard worker and a devoted father to his two daughters. He was killed while working on a race car for his 17-year-old daughter, April.



Hundreds of mourners gathered at Cottage Grove Speedway for a memorial service a week after his death. April Howard drove that same car around the track, her father's casket following behind in a hearse.



"He would have wanted to take a last lap before leaving this world," Russell Leach, co-owner of the speedway, told the Register-Guard newspaper last October. "Racing has been Mark's whole life."

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 Posted: Saturday Apr 15th, 2006 03:47 AM
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Good, What a bad deal that was. Now I feel the deal is done.



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 Posted: Saturday Apr 15th, 2006 03:50 AM
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Hang the bastard.

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 Posted: Saturday Apr 15th, 2006 04:29 AM
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That was a very touching ceremony that I will never forget.

It's good to see that justice will be served.  That is.....if you consider losing 25 years of his life justice for ending someone else's.

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 Posted: Saturday Apr 15th, 2006 01:41 PM
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I am glad to see this is almost over and the Howard family can gain some closure in this tragic event.

I, however, do not understand how anyone can have the possibility of parole even after 25 years for murdering someone. That means Oferham can possibly get out of prison when he is 47 years old. Not fair that he should ever be released from prison. I do not agree with the death penalty for one reason, it is too good for scumbags like this, but to have the possibility of parole just infuriates me.

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 Posted: Saturday Apr 15th, 2006 05:24 PM
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Sad..very sad deal..said it before and will say it again..R.I.P. Mark:(



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 Posted: Sunday Apr 16th, 2006 03:44 AM
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I hope they hang the B*******, he robbed two daughters of thier dad, he does not deserve to live after what he did, 25 years is NOT long enough!

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