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December 18, 2012

Franklin agrees to deal

Plea could net up to 4 years in prison

LOGANSPORT — Jeremy Franklin faces up to 4 years in prison after pleading guilty Monday to dealing marijuana.

Franklin, 31, Logansport, entered the plea to a charge of dealing in marijuana, a class D felony, and also admitted to a probation violation. Under terms of the plea agreement, Special Prosecutor Robert Ives said, Franklin would receive two years in prison on the probation violation and up to two more years in jail for the drug charge.

Franklin, the son of Logansport Mayor Ted Franklin, was arrested on April 6, 2012, after reportedly buying marijuana from a confidential informant in the parking lot of Chase Crossing Apartments. Police later stopped Franklin’s car and found more than half a pound of marijuana, according to police documents.

In Cass Superior Court II on Monday, Judge Rick Maughmer outlined that the probation violation resulted from possession of marijuana and a failed drug screen on May 23.

Franklin was also arrested in White County Dec. 5 during a routine traffic stop. Police reported finding more than three pounds of marijuana in the car he was driving.

Though Franklin is free on bond in that case, Ives said he did not believe any charges had been filed in White County.

“The fact that somebody’s out on bond is not of much significance,” Ives said.  

He added, however, that there could be a change in the Cass County case if Franklin were charged in White County between now and a sentencing hearing set for Jan. 15.

White County Prosecutor Bob Guy could not be reached for comment on the status of the White County case.

Franklin has three-and-a-half months of jail time credit, according to his public defender, Lisa Traylor-Wolff.

Superior II Judge Rick Maughmer said he would decide whether to accept the plea after receiving the pre-sentence investigation report.

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

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