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Feb 16, 2016

Chief Magistrate Reviews Light Sentence of Repeat Offender

Cecil Franklin

Tonight, a sentence handed down by Magistrate Deborah Rogers is under review by Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith, after it was learned that forty-two-year-old Cecil Franklin, no stranger to the law, had received a mere slap on the wrist for burglary.  Franklin, also known as G.I. Joe, was sentenced to six weeks in prison after he admitted to burglarizing the home of James Copious.  During the break-in Franklin allegedly stole two hundred and fifty-eight dollars in household items.  Now, burglary is an offence which carries a prison term of up to seven years and Franklin is said to be a repeat offender.  So how did he end up with only six weeks jail time?  Well, that’s the subject of the inquiry.  According to Copious’ girlfriend, Tanisha Flores, she was at home on February twelfth when Franklin entered the residence and accosted her.  Upon releasing her, he proceeded to steal a number of items, including a rake and a shovel.  The mildness of the punishment now has authorities in the judiciary questioning the sentence.

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