Inmate indicted in Florida prison guard’s murder
LAKE CITY, Fla. — An inmate serving two life sentences for murder and robbery has been indicted for killing a north Florida prison guard.
A grand jury on Thursday indicted Richard P. Franklin on charges of first-degree murder, aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer and possession of contraband.
The Daytona Beach man could face a death sentence if convicted of murdering 24-year-old Sgt. Ruben Thomas on March 18 at Columbia Correctional Institution near Lake City.
Thomas was stabbed in the neck with a handmade weapon. A second guard was treated and released from a hospital after being injured in the attack.
Franklin was convicted of murdering 25-year-old Bethune-Cookman University student Gregory Roper in 1994.
He also received life for robbing an elderly man and 30 years for shooting the victim, who survived.
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