S. Royalton Man Will Be Charged in Fatal Shooting

  • Frank Sanville

Valley News Staff Writer
Friday, March 09, 2018

South Royalton — Vermont authorities took into custody Frank Sanville, the South Royalton man suspected of fatally shooting his estranged wife last weekend, after he was discharged from the hospital on Thursday.

Sanville will be charged with first-degree murder on Monday, Vermont State Police Commander Dan Trudeau said in a news release on Friday. He was receiving care at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for injuries he sustained before police located him on March 4.

Police say Sanville shot his 48-year-old estranged wife, Wanda Sanville, inside her Happy Hollow Road home on Sunday. He was on furlough from a two- to 12-month sentence stemming from a domestic assault conviction in February.

His criminal history includes convictions for domestic assault in 2012, disorderly conduct in 2007, simple assault in 2006 and prohibited sexual acts in 2005. The furlough was revoked this week in order to bring Sanville to Southern State Correctional Center in Springfield, Vt.

Wanda Sanville’s relatives said she reported abuse by her husband to police in December and had received threats from him before the shooting.

Probation officers in other cases of Frank Sanville’s said he continued to harass his victims, and recommended that he be returned to jail.

“Probation does not seem to be protecting the victim in this case,” probation officer Terry Rooney wrote to court officials in April.

After the shooting, police said, Sanville sustained a head injury during a struggle with one of Wanda Sanville’s family members that required treatment at Gifford Medical Center in Randolph and DHMC.

The date of Frank Sanville’s arraignment is not yet set, but may fall on Tuesday or Wednesday in Windsor Superior Court, police said in the release.