An addict who broke into Fresno developer Terance Frazier’s home earlier this year pleaded no contest on Monday to residential burglary.
Jacob Randall Flanagan, 31, told Judge Superior Court Judge Timothy Kams that he accepted responsibility for his criminal act.
Under a plea agreement, Flanagan faces up to four years behind bars when he is sentenced on Oct. 12.
In court papers, defense lawyer Tina Wang said Flanagan is an addict whose abuse of methamphetamine led to him to burglarize Frazier’s home on the morning of March 11 this year.
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The night before the incident, Flanagan abused methamphetamine and ended up wandering into Frazier’s neighborhood, Wang said. He went into Frazier’s backyard around 9:25 a.m. and opened a door that led to the master bedroom.
Frazier was in bed with his girlfriend, Fresno City Council President Esmeralda Soria. When Flanagan spotted the couple, he tried to leave, but could not find his way out. Frazier jumped out of bed, grabbed Flanagan, punched him, and held him until sheriff’s deputies arrived.
Wang said Flanagan did not start the altercation and did not hurt Frazier or Soria or steal or damage any of their property. Flanagan’s face, however, was bloody, she noted in court papers. Once arrested, Flanagan cooperated with deputies and admitted his methamphetamine use.
After the incident, Frazier posted on his Facebook page that a “meth head” broke into his Fig Garden home near Ashlan and Maroa avenues. Along with a picture of the bloodied burglar, Frazier stated on his public social media post that the suspect “won’t be back.”