Man sentenced to serve 80 years in prison for 2016 Christmas Eve 'ninja' murders
Jaylyn Franklin, one of four defendants charged in a 2016 Christmas Eve double homicide, was sentenced Wednesday to serve 80 years in prison.
Franklin, 22, faced charges of first-degree murder, second-degree murder and armed robbery for his role in the murder of Christopher and Danielle Brooks. The Anchorage couple was shot in their residence on Peterkin Avenue in 2016, a press release from the Alaska Department of Law said Thursday.
"According to the charging documents, the victims’ young son allegedly witnessed some of the crime and told officers that 'ninjas' had killed his family," the release said.
Franklin pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder. As part of a plea agreement, he will serve 50 years with 10 years suspended on each count consecutively. He faces an additional 20 years of suspended time and 10 years of felony probation.
The DOL says a number of the victims' family members showed up at Franklin's sentencing to make impact statements, "speaking at length about the devastating effect the crimes have had on their families."
Police say the case started when Franklin joined Lamarkus Jayqwann Mann and Deanthony Malik Harris in going to the Brooks’ home in order to steal drugs and money from them. Previous charges alleged that the trio broke into the home wearing T-shirts over their faces. Another man, Savon Wiley, was also allegedly involved in the robbery, but wasn't present at the scene.
During the robbery, detectives say Mann shot Danielle and then Christopher was shot after a struggle over the gun. Danielle died inside the home. Christopher made it outside, but later died at the hospital.
Mann and Wiley's trial is scheduled to begin on July 8, 2019. A trial date for Harris has not been set.
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