Frank Luna had nearly stabbed a family friend after accusing him of talking to his girlfriend
FARMERSVILLE – A Farmersville man is facing 39 years in prison for assaulting his friend with a knife in an argument over his girlfriend on Halloween.
On Jan. 22, a Tulare County jury found Frank Luna, 49, of Farmersville guilty of assault with a deadly weapon. On Jan. 23, the Court also found true the special allegations that Luna has been previously convicted of two prior strikes for robbery in 1999, and that Luna has four prior prison commitments for robbery, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for sale, and petty theft with priors.
In the afternoon of Oct. 31, 2015, Luna and his brother argued loudly in the front yard of his brother’s house in Farmersville, drawing the attention of other family members and a family friend across the street. Luna angrily told the friend that he better be careful out in the streets and left on his bicycle.
A short time later, Luna returned to the friend and accused him of talking to his girlfriend. Drawing a knife from his pocket, Luna thrust the knife at the friend, coming within inches of his chest. Luna again rode away on his bicycle.
Luna faces 39 years-to-life in prison. Judge Kathryn Montejano presiding has set a sentencing hearing for Feb. 13, 2018, in Department of Tulare County Superior Court in Visalia.
The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Aaron Corey and investigated by Kristine Barklow of the Farmersville Police Department.