A Medford man who attacked a bar employee because he was angry at losing $700 at video lottery will spend seven and a half years in prison after a Jackson County jury found him guilty of robbery and assault.
It took the jury less than an hour to deliberate and find Frankie Julius Parker, 35, guilty of first-degree robbery, second-degree robbery, fourth-degree assault and strangulation, according to Jackson County Deputy District Attorney Karen Loomis.
Parker spent the evening of April 23 drinking and playing lottery machines at Rumors Lounge on North Riverside Avenue in Medford.
When closing time was announced, Parker left the bar and waited outside until every customer had left. He then knocked on the door and demanded to speak to an employee.
A 61-year-old female employee cracked the door, refusing to let Parker enter the bar after closing time. Parker, who claimed he had left his wallet inside and wanted to come in and look for it, burst through the door suddenly and knocked the woman to the ground. He then began strangling her, Loomis said.
"The video the jury saw showed him rushing through the door and slamming the woman on the ground," Loomis said. "He is a larger, healthy man, and she's 61 years old and stands 4 feet, 6 inches tall."
The woman's husband was working in the bar's kitchen and heard the struggle. He came running into the bar area and found Parker on top of his wife, strangling her, Loomis said.
"It was a terrifying experience," Loomis said. "She broke down crying on the stand while describing it."
The husband grabbed a pool cue and yelled at Parker to let go of his wife. Parker fled out the door and was quickly tracked down by police as he hid behind a nearby garbage bin.
The jury listened to testimony from the victim and Parker, who claimed that he "blacked out" and doesn't recall the attack.
"He refuses to take responsibility for his actions," Loomis said.
The jury convicted him of Measure 11 crimes that will see him serve the entire 7.5-year sentence, Loomis said.
As horrible as the experience was for the victim, it could have been worse, Loomis said.
"If you choke someone to the point of unconsciousness, there is a good chance you can kill them," Loomis said.
The investigation revealed that Parker was fuming after losing so much money at video lottery.
"That's certainly no excuse to do what he did," Loomis said.
Parker is lodged in the Jackson County Jail and will soon be shipped to a state prison to serve his sentence.
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