RANCHO SANTA FE — A Del Mar woman will have to perform volunteer work and attend a domestic violence program for an attack on her estranged husband in his Rancho Santa Fe home, a San Diego Superior Court judge ruled May 13.
Judge Harry Elias ordered Elizabeth Joy Remley to complete 100 hours of community service and attend a 52-week domestic violence recovery program relating to a Jan. 17 altercation with her estranged husband, Mark Remley. Additionally, the 44-year-old woman will have to pay a fine of $704 and will be placed on probation for three years.
Elizabeth Remley had faced up to one year in jail for one count of inflicting corporal injury to a spouse, a misdemeanor; however, a jury found her guilty of three lesser included charges of assault, simple battery and battery of a former spouse, all misdemeanors.
The Remleys have been married for nine years, but for the last year the couple has been separated. The altercation occurred at Mark Remley’s residence in the 15000 block of El Camino Real.
Prosecutors allege the defendant stormed into Mark Remley’s home around 6:30 p.m. after learning that he was hanging out with his girlfriend at the time, Jenny Ehnot, who had also been the couple’s nanny. The Remleys’ two children were also at the house with their father as was Ehnot’s daughter.
As Elizabeth Remley yelled profanities at Ehnot, the victim stepped in and tried to get his estranged wife to leave the residence, according to court records. During this time, prosecutors said the defendant pushed Mark Remley creating a long laceration on his chest and stomach. Even after the victim got Elizabeth Remley to the front door, prosecutors said she continued to struggle and yell at him, eventually slapping the victim on the face in front of a pizza delivery driver.
Felix Rhett, who was working for Leucadia Pizzeria as a delivery driver at the time, testified that the blow to Mark Remley was an “aggressive slap in the face,” which he said he believed was meant to hurt the victim.
Ehnot, who is no longer in a relationship with the victim, testified Elizabeth Remley told her, “I’m going to kill you.” Under cross-examination, Ehnot, who now resides in Montana, admitted that Mark Remley had paid for her plane ticket and hotel accommodations so that she could testify at the trial.
Shortly after the altercation, Elizabeth Remley told authorities she suffered a scratch to one of her arms from the victim grabbing her as he forced her from the house, San Diego sheriff’s Deputy William Yavno testified. She then asked authorities to file a domestic violence charge against him, the deputy said.
Charges were never filed against Mark Remley in connection to this incident.