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Posted on Wed, Jul 25, 2012 : 7:32 p.m.

Man accused in box cutter assault refuses plea deal, will head to trial

By John Counts

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Kevin Franklin

Courtesy of the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office

The Ypsilanti man accused of attempting to slice another man's throat with a box cutter has been given a trial date.

Kevin Nashon Franklin, 35, declined a plea offer from prosecutors when he appeared for a hearing in the Washtenaw County Trial Court Tuesday. Judge Donald Shelton scheduled a jury trial for the case at 8 a.m. Oct. 1. A final pretrial hearing was set for Sept. 11.

The plea deal offered by Assistant Washtenaw County Prosecutor Blaine Longsworth would have dropped three charges if Franklin pleaded guilty to the main charge, assault with intent to murder.

Franklin also is charged with two counts of assault with intent to do great bodily harm and carrying an unlawful weapon (the box cutter). He is accused of attacking a 43-year-old Superior Township man last August in the 9100 block of MacArthur Boulevard in Superior Township.

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Comments

Lovaduck

Thu, Jul 26, 2012 : 4:39 p.m.

Ah, MacArthur Boulevard again! Must be a "fun" place to live!

nickcarraweigh

Thu, Jul 26, 2012 : 2 p.m.

Maybe the guy reads annarbor.com and has noticed it for himself, and maybe the word is out in the county jail, but this plea refusal might have something to do with the life-without-parole sentences the county courts have been handing out like Halloween candy lately on reduced-charge guilty pleas. If your destiny with a plea is the worst the state can offer, you may as well roll the dice on a jury's decision.

Ron

Thu, Jul 26, 2012 : 1:31 p.m.

Craig, I am sure if he judge wanted to he could sentence him that way or make him serve his time consecutively if the guy has a record of doing things like this. We do not know what, if anything, he has done in the past. But since the prosecutor didn't say anything about how much time he would ask for in the plea deal, he was smart for saying no. He could beat all 3 charges and the prosecutor will have egg in his face.

Craig Lounsbury

Thu, Jul 26, 2012 : 2:03 p.m.

I'm no legal expert but I think sentencing people to consecutive terms is extremely rare, and mostly for heinous crimes. I am happy to be corrected.

Craig Lounsbury

Thu, Jul 26, 2012 : 12:41 p.m.

"The plea deal offered by Assistant Washtenaw County Prosecutor Blaine Longsworth would have dropped three charges (... two counts of assault with intent to do great bodily harm and carrying an unlawful weapon) if Franklin pleaded guilty to the main charge, assault with intent to murder." I suppose I'd reject the plea deal too. What do you have to lose? If he's convicted of all 3 he will serve concurrent terms anyway. This way maybe a jury lets him go. Or gets him on just a lesser charge. I'd say he played his odds pretty well all in all. Disclaimer: Thats nothing more than an analysis of the guys decision to reject the plea. Its not a statement of anything else.

Detourdoggy

Thu, Jul 26, 2012 : 10:50 a.m.

What a mistake

Jay Thomas

Thu, Jul 26, 2012 : 5:30 a.m.

I'm sick of plea deals anyway. "Yeah, you almost killed him, but how does three years sound?"

RJA

Thu, Jul 26, 2012 : 5:14 a.m.

@ Dr, Rockso.. We can't fix stupid either. Lost track, is this dude still on the streets?

martini man

Thu, Jul 26, 2012 : 2:54 a.m.

I am sure he's probably just a big cuddly teddy bear, who just got short changed by society. Some counseling and community service, and he'll become a productive member of the community. It's not like he actually killed anyone !!!!

Dr. Rockso

Thu, Jul 26, 2012 : 12:17 a.m.

You can't teach stupid!

stevek

Thu, Jul 26, 2012 : 12:07 a.m.

Looks like he is putting his law degree he worked so hard for to work.

onlytruth

Thu, Jul 26, 2012 : 12:04 a.m.

What a shame. He looks like such a nice guy on top of everything.