Farmersville man gets life in prison for Halloween assault

Frank Luna had nearly stabbed a family friend after accusing him of talking to his girlfriend


FARMERSVILLE – A wicked decision on Halloween two years ago will haunt a Farmersville man for the rest of his life.

On Feb. 13 Tulare County Superior Court Judge Kathryn Montejano sentenced 49-year-old Frank Luna of Farmersville to 35 years to life in prison for assaulting his friend with a knife in an argument over his girlfriend.

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.

On Jan. 22, a jury found Luna guilty of assault with a deadly weapon. A day later 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. The 2015 assault made Lune eligible for life in prison under California’s Three Strikes law.

“The Three Strikes law is intended keep dangerous, repeat offenders off our streets. The law did just that in this case,” said District Attorney Tim Ward.

The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Aaron Corey and investigated by the Farmersville Police Department.

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