MADERA – A former Madera resident was sentenced today by the Madera Superior Court to life in prison for first degree murder and rape.
Frank Hogan, 39, formerly of Madera, was convicted by a Madera Superior Court jury earlier this year.The evidence presented during his trial showed that Hogan’s victim, a 49-year-old female, was discovered deceased at a business off of Yosemite Avenue in Madera on Sept. 1, 2000.
The victim was an Air Force veteran who had fallen on hard times and was homeless. Her identity was unknown until 2011.
DNA evidence from the victim’s assailant was discovered during her autopsy. The California Department of Justice entered the DNA evidence profile into a national law enforcement database. Years passed until 2008, when a positive match was made on Frank Hogan, who was then living in Oregon.
The Madera Police Department contacted Hogan and learned he had been living in Madera at the time of the crime. They arrested him and brought him back to Madera where he was charged with murder and rape.
At the sentencing on May 28, the Court imposed on Hogan the punishment of life in state prison without the possibility of parole.
“Hogan’s permanent incarceration helps insure he will not hurt other members of the public, acts as a deterrence to others, and provide justice and closure to the family of the victim,” said District Attorney Michael Keitz.