HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A Huntsville man convicted of killing his parents and attacking his siblings in 1998 is asking for his parole hearing to be moved up. Jeffrey Franklin recently wrote a letter to the judge who sentenced him.
Franklin killed his parents in 1998, and nearly killed three siblings. They suffered slash wounds and blunt force trauma.
Franklin sent a rambling, sometimes hard-to-read letter to the judge who sentenced him, Judge Loyd Little. Little actually retired in January of 2010.
In the letter, Franklin makes his case for moving his parole hearing up from 2016 to March of 2013. He says he should get credit for time served in the Madison County Jail. He is now serving his life sentence in Donaldson Correctional Facility in Bessemer, Ala.
Also in the letter, Franklin references the two people he killed, his parents.
“My parents always told me, just ‘do your best, and no one can expect more than that,’ and ‘all a man has is his word.’ I try to honor my parents’ memory, even though they are sadly deceased, to obey their words of wisdom even now, and thus do what is right,” Franklin writes. “It helps me feel better about my past to do things better and help others, although it gets very hard at times, given where I am.”
Franklin writes that he’s not sure the parole board has accurate records.
“My Alabama DOC Timesheets to this day do not reflect my jail credit,” Franklin wrote.
“I am fully compliant with my mental health treatment and the prison regulations, and doing my best to try to be the best person I can be, stay out of trouble,” he wrote.
When Franklin committed the murder and attacks on his siblings, he was taking large prescribed amounts of anti-depressants.
He ends the letter with a post script saying “I’m not really a bad man. I didn’t mean to do what i did. It just happened. I have a hard time.”
Robert Tuten, a Huntsville lawyer, represented Franklin in the case. He said no one had heard from Franklin for years until Franklin sent the letter to the judge recently.
“That’s a fairly common request and in essence he’s right in his letter,” Tuten said, referring to Franklin’s request to get credit for time served.
However, Tuten said he isn’t convinced the handwritten letter will do Franklin much good.
“I think his letter is a little troubling the way it rambles,” Tuten said. “It certainly gives me some pause as to what his mental status is at the moment.”
Franklin is still being treated daily for deep-rooted psychological issues. Tuten said there are many other factors the parole board will take into consideration, such as the violent nature of the offenses he was convicted for — the murders of his parents and attacks on his siblings.
“I think he probably misunderstands the parole board rules and regulations, but his position is correct,” said Tuten. “He should get credit for every day he’s been in custody.”
Tuten said another factor that will play into the parole board’s potential decision is the wishes of Franklin’s own surviving relatives.
Many people closely connected to the case say it’s been years since anyone has heard from Franklin’s siblings, who at last word, had moved to upstate New York.