'Chicken Coop Case' sentencing to be held Tuesday

Published: Dec. 8, 2015 at 3:46 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 17, 2016 at 8:21 PM EST
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BUTLER, GA (WTVM) - At the conclusion of the much-talked about the "Chicken Coop Trial," Diana Franklin was found guilty on all 28 counts of aggravated assault, false imprisonment and cruelty to a child.

Franklin could be facing a maximum sentence of up to 470 years in prison.

Jeff Watson, the Taylor County Sheriff said this was one of the worst cases he has ever seen.

"I've been in law enforcement 25 years, 11 years a GBI agent, I worked several homicide cases and child abuse cases but this is by far the worst one, it's at the top," Watson said. 

Franklin punished her 15-year-old adopted daughter for stealing, lying and rebelling by confining her to small spaces outside of the house.  She locked her in the garage, outhouse, and chicken coop, sometimes overnight, making her face frigid temperatures.

Franklin also says that she kept the child outside to keep her away from her husband who had allegedly been sexually abusing the child. Samuel Franklin, Diana's husband, will be tried for the alleged sexual abuses but no date has been set.

"They have filed with the Clerk Spirit Court an amended motion for change of venue, obviously because of the great coverage y'all have been giving, but obviously that is something the prosecutors office has to take into account as well," said the prosecutor Wayne Jernigan. 

The child says that she was abused by Diana and Samuel Franklin for six years. 

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