The intruder who entered Frances Bean Cobain’s residence in October 2012 may be put on California’s sex offender list if convicted of first degree burglary and sex crime charges.
That won’t happen soon. A judge ruled, Marc James Franco, is incompetent to stand trial based on an evaluation by forensic psychiatrist, Dr. Sanjay Sahgal. The judge committed Franco to Patton State Hospital in San Bernardino County on April 8. Based on Dr. Sahgal’s report, Franco, age 23, lacks the capacity to understand court proceedings nor can he make rational decisions about antipsychotic drugs that could rehabilitate him enough to stand trial. The judge ordered the drugs be administered with or without Franco’s willingness.
Franco is charged with a violent felony. He entered Cobain’s home intent to murder her fiancé, musician Isaiah Silva.
“Defendant entered victim’s home while she (Cobain) was away,” says police Detective Steve Ramirez in his Oct. 16 report to the District Attorney’s Office. “He claimed to know her but does not. A journal was found in his (Franco’s) belongings in which he detailed his desire to kill victim’s fiancé who also lives at that location. Defendant is transient with no known local ties and he appears to have given a false name. He claimed to be from Michigan but had a driver’s license in another state in his belongings. He is a flight risk and is a threat to the victims.”
A government authority tells the Examiner that Franco is from Illinois. Franco remains booked under the alias he gave police.
Cobain is the daughter of legendary grunge forerunner, Kurt Cobain, and Courtney Love.
Meanwhile, public records lack detail on the sex crimes charged against Franco, but it’s clear that if convicted, Franco must give DNA samples and become a registered sex offender. One charge against Franco is particularly broad with a litany suitable to one’s imagination from sodomy to unwelcome touching of someone’s private parts under California penal code 667.5(c).
Sheriffs transferred Franco to Patton State on April 24 after holding him in custody for six months as litigation against him continued Los Angeles Superior Court. Franco initially pled not guilty. He is not expected at a progress hearing on June 20, says a DA spokesperson.
Cobain did not respond to Twitter requests for comment. Her attorney likewise did not respond. Cobain is a victim and entitled to Franco’s arrest report which would contain full detail.
Franco may not be held beyond Oct. 13, 2015 which the court says is the “maximum state prison sentence possible in this case” minus time served.
Frances turns 21 in August. The National Center for Victims of Crime reports people at age 18 to 24 have the highest rate of stalkers and less than 10 percent of the victims knew their stalkers.