January 23, 2013

Franklin sentenced to four years in jail

Sentencing part of plea deal for drug charge, probation violation.

by Caitlin Huston

LOGANSPORT — Jeremy Franklin, the son of Logansport Mayor Ted Franklin, was sentenced Tuesday to four years in the Indiana Department of Correction.

Franklin, 31, received the four-year sentence after pleading guilty Dec. 17 to dealing in marijuana, a class D felony charge he received in April 2012, and admitting a probation violation. Cass Superior Court II Judge Rick Maughmer accepted the plea agreement Tuesday at the urging of Franklin’s public defender Lisa Traylor-Wolff and Special Prosecutor Robert Ives.

The sentence was divided into two years for dealing marijuana and 24 months for the probation violation.

The marijuana charge stems from April 6, 2012, when Franklin reportedly bought marijuana from a confidential informant. Police documents state that they later found more than half a pound of marijuana in his car.

The probation violation was the result of possession of marijuana and a failed drug screen May 23. The probation had been set Sept. 11, 2006, after Franklin pleaded guilty to residential entry, a class D felony.

Ives said the plea agreement called for up to two years on the marijuana charge, meaning that Maughmer decided on the maximum executed sentence under the plea agreement.

Outside of the plea agreement, a probation officer also asked for Franklin to serve a fifth year on in-home detention, but Traylor-Wolff asked that the fifth year not be added.

Franklin had been arrested Jan. 4 on warrants for failure to appear for his pre-sentence investigation and violating his probation by testing positive for three drugs during a drug screening.

No charges have yet been filed against Franklin in White County after he was arrested Dec. 5 when police found more than three pounds of marijuana in his car during a traffic stop.

Traylor-Wolff said Franklin was in favor of the agreement.

“He’s good with it,” Traylor-Wolff said.

Franklin has 119 days of jail time credit.

With good-time credit, Ives said Franklin would cut his sentence in half. But with the addition of possible credits for educational or other programs, Ives said it’s hard to tell how long he’ll remain in prison.

“This makes it impossible now to make a real projection,” Ives said.

The plea agreement also called for Franklin to serve 24 out of 25 possible months for the probation violation. Ives spoke in favor of only 24 months on probation at Tuesday’s hearing.  

Franklin’s sentence was ordered to begin immediately after the sentencing hearing.

Caitlin Huston is a staff reporter of the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5148 or