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MAN CONVICTED IN MAIN ST. RAPE MAY GET LIFE TERM STATUS AS INCORRIGIBLE FELON EXPECTED TO LENGTHEN SENTENCE

A convicted felon faces a possible life sentence after he was found guilty Thursday of raping a woman two doors away from the Theater District police station just after she got out of work.

After the attack, the woman said he gave her his phone number and a fake name and urged her to call him.

Mark Pringle, 32, of 20 Sanford St. was found guilty of first-degree rape, sodomy and sex abuse and felony weapon possession for the Aug. 12, 1991, attack.

Pringle, who didn't testify during the 10-day jury trial, was ordered to remain jailed without bail pending his July 7 sentencing by County Judge Timothy J. Drury.

Prosecutor Brian Clinton Mahoney said Pringle faces a possible prison term of 15 to 25 years to life as an incorrigible felon.

He previously spent 10 years in prison for three New York City convictions on burglary and robbery and a South Carolina assault conviction before moving to Buffalo.

The victim, a 21-year-old home health-care worker, testified that as she was walking home from work at about 1 a.m., Pringle attacked her at knifepoint in a parking lot at 688 Main St.

After raping her, Pringle gave her a handwritten note with his phone number and a phony name and urged her to call him, the victim testified.

She said she ran to the Theater District station at 672 Main, and Pringle was arrested about a half-hour later at Main and West Ferry Street.

The victim identified Pringle as her attacker later that morning when police brought him to Erie County Medical Center, where she was undergoing treatment.

The defendant's estranged wife, Carol Pringle, 35, testified that the note was written by Pringle because it matched his handwriting, but Rovenea Turner, 30, of Riley Street, his girlfriend, told the jury the handwriting wasn't Pringle's.

Mahoney said police found a fresh brush burn on Pringle's right leg, which he suffered during the attack. He added that court-ordered DNA testing confirmed that Pringle was the rapist.

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