Colorado Pimp Gets Longest Sentence In History For Child Prostitution Ring
Forget the book — this guy got the whole LIBRARY thrown at him! And deservedly so.
After being found guilty of running a child prostitution ring, human trash pile Brock Franklin was sentenced to 472 years in prison Tuesday afternoon by Arapahoe County Judge Peter F. Michaelson. Franklin’s is the largest sentence ever handed out for a human trafficking case in the U.S. Four other people have been sentence for their involvement in the same ring.
Franklin was on trial during March of this year for 34 counts including pimping a child, patronizing a child prostitute, kidnapping and assault.
He was found guilty on 30 counts including human trafficking, sexual exploitation of a child, child prostitution, kidnapping, pimping of a child, and racketeering. He was acquitted of several charges including distributing marijuana and assault with a deadly weapon.
According to 9 News Franklin was indicted in 2015 by a grand jury for allegedly using drugs and violence to control young girls, often forcing them into lewd acts as part of a child sex trafficking ring.
Prosecutors said Franklin preyed on young women and girls who were vulnerable. In his trial, a jury heard from eight of the nine victims in the case.
“Damage isn’t lessened because of where someone came from or where someone did not come from,” an attorney for the Arapahoe County District Attorney’s Office said in court Tuesday.
In a packed courtroom Tuesday afternoon, prosecutors read two letters from Franklin’s victims.
Then, one of his victims spoke directly to the court – in person.
“The tough ones are us women,” she addressed the court. “The prison time [the defendant] will serve does not compare to the damage he has caused to these women or myself,”
“I forgive Brock Franklin, but only because the Good Lord says I must,” she said tearfully to the court.
The victim finished her impact statement by saying, “Today I let this demon go.”
Franklin’s defense team requested the minimum sentence, which would have been 96 years in prison, since Franklin had not been convicted of violent crimes. His defense team also asked the judge to consider his difficult past, which included being homeless at the age of five.
Janet Drake, with the Attorney General’s Office, asked the judge for a 616 year sentence on behalf of the people of the state of Colorado.
“This is not a minimum sentence type of case,” Drake said.
Franklin’s defense team argued a 616 year sentence would not be appropriate. His attorneys told the judge a 96 year to life sentence would be ample punishment, since Franklin would likely never live to see his parole eligibility even with that sentence.
Franklin never addressed the court during his sentencing hearing, but Judge Michaelson addressed him directly after delivering the sentence, saying:
“Franklin, make the most of your life,” he said. ‘Perhaps you can do some good for people who have done bad in their life.”
The judge also addressed Franklin’s victims:
“The strength you’ve shown to the court makes clear to me you can be as successful in life… as anyone. Don’t let this episode define who you are,” the judge said in his remarks to the victims.
Do you think it’s possible for such a monster to be redeemed? How long do you think the other prisoners will even allow Franklin to live? Obviously 472 years isn’t a realistic lifetime for anyone but it’s powerful that the judge chose such a strong sentence.