20 Jul CONVICTED SWISS AVENUE MANSION SWINDLER ONLY GETS 30 DAYS, FINE AND PROBATION
Here’s a follow up to our previous post
Mark McCay, who was convicted by a Dallas jury on June 21 of attempted theft by getting 88 year old former model Mary Ellen Bendtsen to sign a new will (which was thrown out by the probate court) leaving her Swiss Avenue mansion to McCay and his partner Justin Burgess after Ms. Bendtsen suffered a massive stroke and was diagnosed as mentally impaired, was given a sentence of 4 years probation, a $1000 fine and 30 days in the Dallas County jail by Judge John C. Cruezot. McCay was facing a possible 20 year prison sentence, but apparently the testimony of a friend of the late model and friends of McCay (who characterized him as a good man who helps out others of all ages) was persuasive to the judge. McCay had been on bond for over 6 years on this case, and he did not create a problem during that time. Edwin Olsen, the disbarred attorney as a result of creating the will, has a court date of August 15 for his involvement in the case. Burgess has stage 4 throat cancer and has not been given a court date.