District Attorney Hoovler Details Lengthy Prison Sentence in Unionville Burglary Case

May 10, 2024

District Attorney Hoovler Details Lengthy Prison Sentence in Unionville Burglary Case

Jesse Frank Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison

Defendant Previously Pled Guilty to Burglary in the First Degree

Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced that on Tuesday, May 7, 2024, Jesse Frank, 38, of Unionville, was sentenced in Orange County Court to eight (8) years in prison to be followed by five (5) years of post-release supervision relative to his previous plea of guilty to Burglary in the First Degree.

As alleged in documents filed and statements made in court, on May 10, 2023 at approximately noon, Frank kicked down the door of a tenant in a home in the Village of Unionville while holding a knife.  Once inside, Frank threatened to kill the occupant and struck the victim near the eye with the knife.  During the struggle, the victim sustained a broken orbital bone and a cut to the hand before being able to run out of the bedroom and flagging down a passing motorist who called 911.  After Frank was taken into custody, he admitted the incident to the police and said that he was attempting to take the victim’s eye out.  At the plea proceedings, Frank admitted to illegally entering the bedroom with an intent to commit a crime therein and to injuring the victim while inside.

District Attorney Hoovler thanked the New York State Police for their investigation and the arrest of the defendant.

“Everyone deserves to feel safe in their own home,” said District Attorney David M. Hoovler. “This offender’s violent actions violated the sanctity of the victim’s home and were rightfully met with the significant prison sentence imposed.  While the victim in this case thankfully did not suffer permanent injuries, we as a community will stand up in the face of such egregious conduct.  The prosecution of violent felonies has been and will remain a top priority of my Office.”

The case is being prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Christopher Kelly. 

This criminal charge is merely an allegation that a defendant has committed a violation of the criminal law, and it is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the State of New York’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.