Since the t.v. writers are all on strike, viewers turn their attention to reality shows like Court T.V. for entertainment. Darren Roy Mack, the wealthy Reno businessman accused of killing his estranged wife and shooting their divorce judge, did not disappoint his audience. Mack pleaded guilty to murder Monday, the first day of the evidence portion of his trial.
Under the plea, Mack, 46, will be eligible for parole after serving 20 years of a life sentence for the 2006 fatal stabbing of his wife, Charla. District Court Judge Douglas Herndon will formally sentence Mack on Jan. 17. although he is expected to accept the plea. Mack addresses the court and discusses his plea in open court. (VIDEO)
Mack also acknowledged guilt in the sniper-style attack on Judge Chuck Weller, a Washoe County family court judge who presided over the couple's $1 million divorce settlement. Weller survived the attack and apparently was a spectator at Mack's trial.
Dirty laundry has always been popular. In these trying times, divorce drama fuels gossip and speculation that can perhaps fill the void left by the t.v. writers strike. Few soaps are as entertaining as the real life Mack case where an estranged spouse was stabbed and the divorce judge shot. Call Mack a strike breaker if you want, but scabs like Mack and other reality idiots may make writers obsolete.