A man who broke into a woman’s home in Galway last year — in violation of an order of protection — and seriously injured her has pleaded guilty to a 12-count indictment.
Frank G. Shattuck IV, 27, of Saratoga Springs, pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary, assault and other charges Monday before Saratoga County Court Judge Jerry J. Scarano and faces up to 10 years in prison when sentenced Sept. 2, as well as five years of post-release supervision.
District Attorney James A. Murphy III said Shattuck entered the apartment June 27, 2013, with the intent to commit a crime, and while there injured a woman who had a court-issued order of protection requiring him to stay away from her.
Murphy said Shattuck kicked in the door to the woman’s apartment. The victim then locked herself in her bedroom, but Shattuck kicked in that door and beat her severely, causing facial fractures, cuts and bruises.
Other residents in the apartment building heard her screams for help and came to her aid, physically pulling Shattuck off her and holding him down until police arrived. After Saratoga County sheriff’s deputies arrived, the victim was transported to Glens Falls Hospital and then to Albany Medical Center for treatment. Murphy said she suffered a broken orbital bone, nasal fracture and other injuries that still require medical treatment.
“The victim continues to suffer the impact of his violent crime,” he said.
At the time, deputies said, Shattuck had recently been released from the county jail, where he was being held for an earlier violation of an order of protection.
“This case highlights the danger victims of domestic violence face when they attempt to leave their abuser,” Murphy said. “I applaud the victim’s courage and willingness to testify in the face of all of the difficult issues that victims of domestic violence face.”