Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release
|December 6, 2017
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Defendant Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Home Invasion
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution today secured the conviction and 25 year prison sentence of Frank Bower, 57, one of the four “ninja” robbers responsible for an armed home invasion in Orange County. Bower pleaded guilty to home invasion robbery with firearm, carjacking with firearm, burglary of conveyance with firearm, two counts of kidnapping with intent to commit a felony with firearm, burglary of a dwelling with firearm and possession of burglary tools.
In 2014, Bower and three men from Immokalee, while masked and gloved, broke into a mansion in central Florida, zip-tied and robbed the family inside the home and proceeded to steal the victims’ vehicle. A couple weeks following this invasion, authorities captured Bower while he and two of the other robbers attempted to break into another home in the area.
Earlier this year, a jury found the three other suspects guilty of home invasion robbery, kidnapping, carjacking with a firearm and armed burglary of a conveyance. Henry Contreras and Andres Perez are serving 30 years in prison and Jonathan Contreras is serving 25 years in prison.
Today, the Honorable Robert Egan, Circuit Judge for the Ninth Judicial Circuit, sentenced Bower to 25 years in prison for his involvement in the robbery. Chief Assistant Statewide Prosecutor Robert Finkbeiner and Assistant Statewide Prosecutor John Roman with Attorney General Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution prosecuted this case and the three previously convicted robbers in Orange County.
All four defendants face separate charges in connection to a string of home invasions in Collier County. Attorney General Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution is also prosecuting this case.