On Tuesday, the Madera Superior Court sentenced Frank Hogan, 39, for first degree murder and rape, according to Madera County District Attorney Michael Keitz.
Hogan, formerly of Madera, was convicted by a Madera Superior Court jury earlier this year on April 3, 2012. The evidence presented during his trial showed that the deceased 49-year-old female victim was discovered at a business off of Yosemite Avenue in Madera on Sept. 1, 2000. She 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, then living in Oregon. 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.
On May 28, the court gave Hogan life in state prison, without the possibility of parole. "Hogan's permanent incarceration helps ensure he will not hurt other members of the public; acts as a deterrence to others; and provides justice and closure to the family of the victim," Keitz said.