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Catahoula man faces 50 years
from The Concordia Sentinel
August 3, 2017 - ListenUpYall.com

A Catahoula Parish man will be sentenced in mid-August after pleading guilty Tuesday to attempted first-degree murder and attempted aggravated kidnapping of an Enterprise woman last December.

Jimmy E. Franklin, 32, 115 Hwy. 923, Jonesville, faces a 50-year concurrent sentence on the charges without the benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence.

Judge John Reeves presided during court proceedings in Harrisonburg.

District Attorney Brad Burget said he was “glad to have the case behind us.”

He described the 74-year-old Enterprise woman as “a survivor, not a victim. We are glad she did not have to relive this case in court with a trial. This was a good resolution in which Mr. Franklin will spend the rest of his life in prison.”

Catahoula Parish Sheriff’s Office (CPSO) Chief Detective Roy said shortly after the attack that CPSO received a call on Dec. 23 from FPSO that officers “were in pursuit of a suspect that had shot at some deputies and had kidnapped a female from our parish.”

He said CPSO deputies raced to the crime scene — the 74-year-old woman’s home in Enterprise where Franklin had assaulted her.

“He had gone to the victim’s residence armed with a shotgun and kicked in the door,” Roy said.

Franklin stuffed the woman into the trunk of a car and “drove to Franklin Parish where she escaped. She went to a nearby home and reported what had happened to the Franklin Parish Sheriff’s Office.”

Roy said Franklin, who has a lengthy criminal record, had done some yard work for the victim.

Seventh Judicial District Judge Kathy Johnson signed warrants for Franklin’s arrest in Catahoula Parish.

Franklin was arrested by the Franklin Parish Sheriff’s Office (FPSO) after he shot at a deputy as law enforcement officers pursued him. His captive had escaped a short time before his arrest.

Franklin Parish Sheriff Kevin Cobb said at the time that Franklin was taken into custody in a wooded area off LA Hwy. 135 in Franklin Parish after a pursuit by law enforcement.

“He has previous charges involving drugs and he was a registered sex offender (in Catahoula Parish),” Cobb said last year.

The woman was able to escape her attacker in Wisner and quickly told authorities what had happened to her.

“She showed great character, keeping her wits about her and ultimately saving her own life,” Cobb said.

Franklin now faces prosecution in Franklin Parish.

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