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Stabbed wife apologizes for husband

October 07, 2004|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - A Spring Run, Pa., man was in Franklin County Court Wednesday to be sentenced for stabbing his wife, but it was his spouse who apologized to the court.

"I want to apologize for my husband," Becky Fraker told Judge Carol Van Horn. She said she was at fault for the March 25 attack by her husband because "I was having an affair with his brother."

Rodney Lynn Fraker, 33, of 19850 Hammond Road, had been charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault and simple assault in connection with his wife being stabbed in the neck three to four times with a pocketknife, according to the affidavit of probable cause. She was flown to a hospital in Altoona, Pa., after the stabbing, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

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Rodney Fraker pleaded guilty to aggravated assault on Aug. 27. In exchange for his plea, the other charges were dropped.

Police said Rodney Fraker, who had a protection from abuse order against him, called his wife at about 7 p.m. and went over a short time later. Fraker's brother was at the house when he arrived, police said.

"If I can't have you, no one will," Rodney Fraker told his wife before stabbing her in the left side of the neck, according to police records. Rodney Fraker struggled with his brother before fleeing the house in his pickup, police said.

As part of the plea agreement, he was to be sentenced to 4 1/2 to 10 years in state prison, according to Franklin County Assistant District Attorney John Lisko.

In addition to the state prison sentence, Van Horn gave Fraker 194 days credit for time served since his arrest. She fined him $300.

"I don't know who stabbed me that night, it all happened so fast," Becky Fraker told Van Horn.

"I want to go to marriage counseling with him," Becky Fraker said. She asked the judge to lift a no contact order against her husband so she could more easily visit him in prison with their child.

"This case has taken a bizarre twist in my mind, with the victim coming forward and saying she's not sure who stabbed her," Van Horn said. The judge refused to lift the no contact order and suggested Becky Fraker seek counseling before she would consider doing so.

"An affair, a lie, does not justify that response," Van Horn said of the stabbing. "She suffered extremely serious, life-threatening injuries."

Given that his wife said Wednesday she did not know who stabbed her, Van Horn asked Rodney Fraker if he had anything to say.

"I'm not saying I didn't do it," he said.

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