Bolton man receives maximum sentence for crime - - Jackson, MS

Bolton man receives maximum sentence for crime

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The loved ones of numerous women who have been brutally attacked and murdered over a more than ten-year span say a bit of justice has finally been served.

Ricky Franklin, the predator suspected for viciously assaulting and murdering numerous women, was sentenced Thursday to fifty years in jail -- the maximum sentence for the aggravated-assault and kidnapping charges against him.

Among the victims' families and loved ones, hugs and tears of joy filled the courtroom after Hinds County Circuit Judge Jeff Weill's ruling.

Thursday's sentencing was for the 2009 attack on a Jackson woman. Prosecutors said Franklin left his victim unconscious and naked, broke her nose and sucked her blood.

Franklin is also a suspect in the disappearance and murder of ten other women dating back to 1999.

Elizabeth Ducksworth believes her sister was murdered by Franklin more than a decade ago.

"At the time of her death, she was 19," Ducksworth told WLBT News. "That's been 14 years ago, so this is long overdue for us."

During Thursday's sentencing Franklin did not deny the 2009 attack, but he said the situation wasn't as bad as deputies and witnesses reported.

"The only thing that I suffer is getting into a fist fight with Ms. Nolan and leaving the scene," Franklin said while on the witness stand.

Franklin's mother, Veronica Franklin, also spoke on the witness stand, asking Judge Weill to consider Franklin's children in his ruling.

"His children know him as a loving and caring father," she said.

Franklin's attorney, Brice White, said his client isn't focused on his sentence.

"I think at this point Mr. Franklin is more focused on the appeal process and getting that next step," White said.

"We're confident the trial record will show it was a pretty clear trial and we're confident about the conviction," said Hinds County District Attorney Robert Smith. 

"I'm happy to see justice for all of these ladies who have been victims," added Ducksworth. "He has been doing this for a long time."

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