On Tuesday, Tom Franks, 46, was sentenced to 39 years and 8 months in prison. A jury on Oct. 10 found Franks guilty of voluntary manslaughter for shooting his girlfriend, Jacqueline Millan, in west Modesto.
Verdicts have produced a lot of uncertainty in the case of three defendants accused of murder in the stabbing of Tylor Crippen at a Modesto park. Legal experts say the jury either produced a compromised verdict or they didn’t understand the legal concepts involved in the case.
A Stanislaus County jury Thursday found three defendants guilty of murder in the death of a teenager in an east Modesto park. But attorneys now will prepare for a lengthy legal battle over the fate of three young men facing life in prison without the possibility of parole.