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Violent repairman sued

first_img According to the lawsuit, Franks told sheriff’s deputies that he was standing behind the girl twirling his hammer when he accidentally lost control of it, causing the hammer to strike her in the back of her head. “She was attacked in her home,” the girl’s attorney, Mitchell Stein, said. “She had a couple of staples put into her head because she was hit in the head with a hammer. She suffered physical and emotional damages as a result of the incident.” An attorney for Frontier Homes declined to comment. Attorney Amy Friedman Cecil, who represents the electrical contractor that hired Franks, said, “We do not believe it has any merit against my client.” The girl’s family moved into the house in October 2004, and about a month later experienced trouble with their telephones, the lawsuit said. Franks was sent by his company, Brennan Electric, to repair the problem. The girl let him in and he went into several rooms in the house while she watched television, the lawsuit said. Franks then asked her to help him check to make sure the telephones were working in each room of the house, the lawsuit said. Then, as he was standing behind her, he hit her in the head with a hammer and grabbed her, the lawsuit said. She got the hammer away from him, scratched him, and screamed as she eventually escaped and ran out the front door, the lawsuit said. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – A telephone repairman sentenced to more than eight years in prison for attacking a teenage girl with a hammer is now facing a civil lawsuit filed by the younger victim. Gregory Franks, 26, withdrew his plea of not guilty by reason of insanity and pleaded no contest to two counts of assault with intent to commit rape after prosecutors agreed to dismiss additional charges. “Two of the reports (from doctors who evaluated him) were conclusive that he was sane at the time of the events and competent to stand trial,” Deputy District Attorney Dan Akemon said. “The third doctor wasn’t as firm in his opinion and was ambiguous on that. The totality of the reports taken together was that he was sane and competent.” Franks was sentenced last week to eight years and four months in prison after he entered his plea to the charges and admitted he used a hammer on the younger victim, Akemon said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Franks must serve 85 percent of his time and register as a sex offender. The two counts he was convicted of will count as two strikes under California’s “three strikes, you’re out” law. Franks was charged in a November 2004 hammer attack on a 17-year-old girl at a home where he was sent on a telephone repair call. He was accused of hitting the girl in the head with a hammer, grabbing her and telling her, “just kiss me.” He also was charged in another assault in June 2004 in which a 32-year-old woman acquaintance was threatened with a hammer at a house in Lancaster. “With the second victim, we also alleged that he used a hammer, but in that case, it was in his pocket. He was kind of reaching for it but never pulled it out,” Akemon said. The 17-year-old girl has filed a lawsuit against Franks, the San Bernardino company he worked for, and Frontier Homes, the developer of the home where the incident occurred. last_img read more