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Arkansas inmate pleads guilty to killing fellow prisoner

June 12, 2018

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas inmate has pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing a fellow prisoner in 2015 and has been sentenced to an additional 20 years in prison.

Third Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Henry Boyce’s office announced Tuesday that 35-year-old Franklin J. Junior pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the stabbing death of Joe Kory Harter. Boyce’s office says Junior’s plea on Monday came moments before a Jackson County jury was to be seated in his trial.

Harter was stabbed with a homemade weapon at the Arkansas Department of Correction Grimes Unit in Newport on June 15, 2015. Boyce’s office says the stabbing was suspected to be gang-related.

Boyce’s office says Junior was already serving sentences from Drew County for first-degree battery and possession of a firearm by certain persons.

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