30-year term given in hospital rape case

October 22, 2002|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A resident of a program at Springfield Hospital Center was sentenced to 30 years in prison yesterday in Carroll County Circuit Court for the rape last year of a female patient.

Circuit Judge Michael M. Galloway found Brian Franklin, 40, guilty of first-degree rape in the July 22, 2001, attack after hearing an undisputed statement of facts from a prosecutor. The judge suspended 10 years of a 40-year sentence, and ordered five years of probation.

Franklin, who also used the last name Houston, lived in New York and Alabama before visiting relatives in the Washington suburbs, where he admitted himself to the hospital, said Assistant State's Attorney Natasha M. Byus. He was in its Gateway transitional program.

The victim told state police investigators that a man wearing a ski mask entered her room, slapped her, put a knife to her neck, then raped her, Byus said. Four days later, police seized kitchen knives, a ski mask and 20 prescription bottles with the victim's name on them from Franklin, she said. DNA testing of the items matched Franklin and the victim.

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