Chicken Coop Sentencing

A heavy 190 year sentence came down on a Taylor County woman Tuesday, as an extensive child abuse trial wrapped up for Diana Franklin.

Franklin addressed Judge Bobby Peters saying her freedoms have been violated, citing her and her families military careers. 
She also went on to compare the rules of the Taylor County jail to how she had rules for her adopted daughter who did not allegedly obey them.

The testimony angered prosecutors so much that they asked the judge for a more than 100 year sentence, saying Franklin should receive no mercy.

"I feel like we let her down, nobody called, nobody came, she sat out there night after night, crying for help," says Taylor County Sheriff, Jeff Watson.
"The shed, the outhouse, whatever. No food, sometimes no clothes. I mean, your idea of disciplining a child is unheard of. To me you're just an evil woman hiding behind a Bible," Judge Bobby Peters said to Franklin.

Officials say Franklin will be held in Taylor County for possible a few weeks until she can be transferred to the State Prison.

Her husband Samuel Franklin was scheduled to face a judge for abuse charges later this month, but a possible change of venue is pushing the case back.

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