Frank sentenced to life in prison - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Frank sentenced to life in prison

Johnathan Jacito Frank. (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office) Johnathan Jacito Frank. (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)

Johnathan Jacito Frank, who was convicted on May 15 on one count of aggravated rape, will spend the rest of his life in prison at hard labor without the benefit of probation, parole or suspended sentence. 

Judge Kent Savoie sentenced Frank on Friday, administering the maximum sentence for the charge. 

Frank was convicted earlier this month, after DNA evidence linked him to the rape of a woman at an apartment complex on Iris Street in 1994.

Before sentencing, the victim read a victim impact statement:

"I don't know how you could go back to your family, your job, after doing something like this," she said. "I can't make sense out of something so senseless.  It's something I don't understand."

"I'm stronger than what you did to me.  I don't wish you harm, but I'm extremely glad for the guilty verdict in this case ... I believe as long as you're free, other women are at risk," she said.

Johnathan Frank also addressed the court and the victim: 

"I'm not the man I've been portrayed to be," he said. "I understand how things can be manipulated. I was not allowed to have an expert witness at my trial, because the public defender's office can't afford it."

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