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Jockey Hits Deal in Wife’s Death

October 4, 2002

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MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) _ Hall of Fame jockey Angel Cordero is upset with a plea bargain that would give a six-month jail term to the driver who killed his wife in a hit-and-run accident last year.

Robert Mikols pleaded guilty Tuesday to leaving the scene of the accident that killed Marjorie Clayton Cordero before police arrived. Nassau County Court Judge Ira Wexner indicated he will sentence Mikols to six months in jail and five years probation.

Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 20.

``It is pitiful to know that the person who did this is going to get away with it,″ Cordero said Thursday at a press conference in his attorney’s office. ``She was just laying there for who knows how long, and he just didn’t care.″

Mikols, 63, a crane operator from Glen Cove, admitted that on the night of Jan. 22, 2001, his car struck and killed Cordero on Glen Cove Road in Greenvale. Cordero, 41, was struck, apparently from behind, as she walked home.

Marjorie Cordero was a jockey from 1982 to 1985, winning 71 races from 911 mounts and earning more than $1 million in purses. She turned to training and won 42 races from 400 starters from 1985 to 1999.

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