A man who broke into a woman's home in Galway last year in violation of an order of protection and then beat her badly enough to break several facial bones was sentenced Tuesday to spend 10 years in prison.
Frank G. Shattuck IV, 27, of West Avenue, Saratoga Springs, was sentenced by Saratoga County Court Judge Jerry Scarano after he pleaded guilty in July to a multi-count indictment that included first-degree burglary, first-degree assault and 10 other charges. In addition to prison time, he will be placed under post-release supervision for another five years.
Shattuck entered the woman's apartment June 27, 2013, by kicking in the door, prosecutors said. The victim locked herself in her bedroom, but Shattuck also kicked in that door and beat her severely, causing facial fractures, cuts and bruises.
The victim was taken to Glens Falls Hospital and then to Albany Medical Center for treatment. She suffered a broken orbital bone, nasal fracture and other injuries that still require medical treatment.
In a statement in court, the woman said: "The results of that beating are ongoing. I have undergone three surgeries to repair (her injuries). ... I still don’t have complete vision in my left eye, and I have permanent numbness on both sides of my face. When I look in the mirror, I don’t see the same person I was on the outside or the inside."
During the attack, other residents in the apartment building heard screams for help and came to her aid, physically pulling Shattuck off her and holding him down until sheriff's deputies arrived.
The victim and a prosecutor both praised the neighbors' actions.
"The actions of the victim’s neighbors in this case demonstrate that when we act together as a community against domestic violence, we can all make a difference," said Assistant District Attorney Lyn A. Murphy, a specialized domestic violence prosecutor.
At the time of the attack, deputies said, Shattuck had only recently been released from the county jail, where he was being held for an earlier violation of an order of protection.
In another case in court Tuesday, two men were sentenced to prison for their roles in robbing a teenager selling marijuana at a Greenfield mobile home park.
Jeremiah J. Gagne, 26, of Route 9N, Greenfield Center, was sentenced to three years in prison and five years of post-release supervision. He pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree robbery in connection with the April 17 incident.
Walter B. Caprood, 24, of Murray Road, Middle Grove, was sentenced to 1 to 3 years in prison after an earlier guilty plea to third-degree robbery.