Murder Nets Inmate Additional 20 Years

Franklin Junior

Henry Boyce, Third Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney, announced Tuesday 35-year old Franklin J. Junior, an inmate incarcerated in the Arkansas Department of Correction, pled guilty to Murder in the Second Degree.  Junior was sentenced to an additional 20 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction.  Junior’s plea came moments before a jury was to be seated in the Jackson County courtroom to begin his trial for the murder of inmate Joe Kory Harter.  Harter was stabbed by Junior at the ADC Grimes unit on June 15, 2015 with a homemade weapon in what was suspected to be gang warfare.  Harter subsequently died from his injuries and Junior was charged with the murder.

Junior is a Habitual Offender and has been incarcerated several times since 2000.  His current incarceration began on October 1, 2012.  Junior was serving sentences from Drew County for Battery in the First Degree and Possession of a Firearm by Certain Persons.

Boyce said, “I hope this case sends a message to the prison population in Arkansas that the laws of this state apply to prison inmates just as it does to the general public.”

ADC Director Wendy Kelley said, “We take these incidents seriously and advocated for the prosecution of Inmate Junior.  We are appreciative of the support we received from the Arkansas State Police and Prosecuting Attorney Henry Boyce’s office.  Their hard work, both during the investigative phase and in preparation for trial led to a successful prosecution, an essential tool in combating incidents of violence within our facilities.  We will continue to work with our local partners in seeking the harshest possible penalties for those who engage in criminal activity within our facilities.”

Designed by Reinhold Technology Solutions