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Lenoir Corrections Officer Sentenced PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Saturday, 27 April 2013 07:59

A  former  North  Carolina  probation  officer  was  sentenced  on Thursday,  April  25, 2013,  in U.S. District Court to serve 17 months in prison for extortion and drug  trafficking  offenses  involving  persons  under  his  supervision,  announced  Anne  M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. James David Franklin, 46, of Lenoir, was also sentenced to three years of supervised release following his prison term. According  to  court  documents  and  court  proceedings,  from  April  2001  through  July 2010,  Franklin,  who was  employed  as  a  Surveillance  Officer  by  the  North  Carolina  Department  of  Corrections, supervised  probationers  on intensive supervision in Burke and Caldwell Counties. Court records indicate that from in or about July 2009 to in or about July 2010, Franklin used his position on multiple occasions to extort drugs from an individual who had been under Franklin’s supervision, including methamphetamine and hydrocodone. Court records show that Franklin would arrange to retrieve the narcotics from the specific probationer’s  driveway  in  exchange  for  cash.   Law  enforcement  officers  were  alerted  to  Franklin’s conduct  when the probationer  complained  to  his  federal  probation  officer. According to court records, Franklin was apprehended by law enforcement officers when he went to the probationer’s house to deliver the hydrocodone pills in exchange for $375 in cash. In  December  2011,  Franklin  pleaded  guilty  to  one  count  of  extortion  under  color  of official right and one count of possession with intent to distribute hydrocodone. Franklin has been in custody since April 2011. He will be transferred to the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons upon designation of a federal facility.  All federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole. The  investigation  was  handled  by  the  FBI  and  SBI.

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