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Franklin Gets Life Without Parole in Bobby Tillman Murder

Tracen Franklin received a sentence of life without parole today, by Douglas County Judge William "Beau" McClain.

Tracen Franklin, 20, was given a sentence of life without parole by Douglas County Judge William "Beau" McClain today, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Franklin will spend the rest of his life in jail for the 2010 murder of Bobby Tillman after a high school party.

Franklin was found guilty last week of murdering Tillman, 18, but Cbsatlanta reported the jury was in a 10-2 deadlock, leaving today's punishment decision up to the judge.

McClain, by law, was not able to sentence Franklin to death, reports the AJC, in Georgia, only a jury can do that.

Franklin received the most severe punishment of the four men convicted in the death of Tillman.

Related Douglasville Patch stories:

  • Jury Deadlocked in Sentencing of Franklin over Tillman's Murder
  • Franklin Convicted in Tillman Murder
  • Tracen Franklin Murder Trial Under Way
  • City Council Passes Party Resolution
  • Murder Defendants Must Plead Guilty or Face Death Penalty
  • AJC Reports DA to Seek Death Penalty in Tillman Murder
  • AJC Reports Guilty Plea in Tillman Killing
  • No Deal for 3 of 4 Tillman Defendants
  • Boykins Pleads Guilty to Tillman Murder
  • Death Penalty Sought in Tillman Death
  • Bobby Tillman Story (A Mothers Sacrifice) Tribute

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