HARTFORD — A relationship gone bad that might have been worse had not the woman discovered the bomb filled with hydrochloric acid in her car.
Now Frank Mendoza, the 53-year-old jilted boyfriend will be spending 10-years in federal prison.
U.S. District Judge Robert N. Chatigny imposed the term on Mendoza who pleaded guilty on June 5, 2014 to interstate stalking.
“The lengthy prison term will help to protect a woman who abused, threatened and stalked by this defendant,” said U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly. “It also sends a message that domestic violence is intolerable and offenders will be appropriately punished and removed from society. Under the federal Violence Against Women Act, the Department of Justice is empowered with tools to prosecuted domestic violence and stalking crimes.”
Daly said the woman “nearly suffered a horrible, disfiguring injury.”
At 11 p.m. on Dec. 8, 2010, the victim approached her car parked in Stamford and notice the interior was wet and a bottle was lying on the floor. When she picked it up it began to smoke and fizz. She then gently placed it down and ran as the bottle exploded.
The dampness on the seat was caused by another bottle exploding earlier.
At the time the woman had broken up with Mendoza and moved from Florida to Stamford.
Mendoza tracked her here.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Krishna Patel and Vanessa Richards. The FBI, U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive Devices, State Police, New Haven Police, Stamford Police, Stamford Fire Department and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection all were involved in the investigation.