Centenial, Colorado : Brock Franklin, convicted of saxually exploiting women ( a prostitution ring ) as a pimp was sentenced to a record 472 years in prison – longest sentence for a human trafficking case in US history – on Tuesday afternoon by Arapahoe County Judge Peter F. Michaelson.
Brock Franklin was indicted in 2015 by a grand jury for allegedly using drugs and violence to control young girls, often forcing them into lewd acts as part of a child sax trafficking ring.
Four others have already been sentenced for their involvement in the human trafficking ring.
Prosecutors said Franklin preyed on young women and girls who were vulnerable. In his trial, a jury heard from eight of the nine victims in the case.
In March of this year, Franklin went on trial for 34 counts including pimping a child, patronizing a child prostitute, abducting and assault.
He was found guilty on 30 counts including human trafficking, saxual exploitation of a child, child prostitution, abducting, pimping of a child, and racketeering.
He was acquitted of several charges including distributing marijuana and assault with a deadly weapon.
The lead investigator on Franklin’s case also spoke to the court.
“Damage isn’t lessened because of where someone came from or where someone did not come from,” an attorney for the Arapahoe County District Attorney’s Office said in court Tuesday.
The detective with the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office described the case as “emotional and hard” on everyone who touched it.
“We must send other predators out there a clear message that our children and our women are not for sale,” she said.
The detective told the court Franklin is a predator who made conscious decisions to exploit his victims.
The minimum sentence would have been 96 years in prison, which is what Franklin’s defense team requested, reminding the judge Franklin had not been convicted of any violent crimes.
The length of Franklin’s stay behind bars wasn’t determined this past spring, since prosecutors wanted him to be punished as a habitual criminal — a status that acts as a sentencing enhancer – which makes the prison sentence much longer.
Janet Drake, with the Attorney General’s Office, asked the judge for a 616 year sentence on behalf of the people of the state of Colorado.
“This is not a minimum sentence type of case,” Drake said.
Franklin’s defense team argued a 616 year sentence would not be appropriate. His attorneys told the judge a 96 year to life sentence would be ample punishment, since Franklin would likely never live to see his parole eligibility even with that sentence.
The defense also said Franklin’s troubled past, including being homeless at age five, should be considered in his sentencing.
Franklin did not speak to the court during his sentencing hearing.
“The strength you’ve shown to the court makes clear to me you can be as successful in life… as anyone. Don’t let this episode define who you are,” the judge said in his remarks to the victims.