Judge will re-sentence Butler woman convicted of child abuse


BUTLER, Georgia (AP) – The Georgia Court of Appeals ruled that a woman convicted of abusing her adoptive teenage daughter has to be resentenced.

The Ledger-Enquirer reports the court ruled Monday that Diana Franklin’s charges of cruelty to children and false imprisonment should’ve merged during sentencing.

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Franklin and her husband were arrested in July 2012. She was convicted of keeping her daughter in a chicken coop and other confined spaces without food and sometimes clothing and tying her to a tree by the neck like a dog.

She was sentenced in December 2015 to 190 years.

A Senior Assistant District Attorney with the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit Peter Hoffman says Franklin’s new sentence from a Taylor County trial judge could be 110 years.