Chenango County man sentenced for role in son’s death

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CHENANGO COUNTY, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — A Chenango County man will spend at least the next 20 years in custody. Ernest Franklin was sentenced to 21 years to life in prison on Monday.

Franklin and his wife, Heather, worked together to kill their 16-year-old son Jeffrey, who had disabilities, in March of 2017.

Prosecutors say the two watch the movie “Manchester By The Sea” and then based their crime on what happens in the movie–by setting fire to their own house after killing their son and leaving him inside.

Heather Franklin pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter and arson. She’s currently serving a seven-year sentence in state prison.


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