Man gets life in prison for murdering father-in-law

David Franks (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
David Franks (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A man who murdered his father-in-law has accepted a plea deal and will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

David Franks, 45, was facing the death penalty for the murder of James Schobert on March 11, 2012.

On Tuesday, Franks pled guilty to aggravated murder, three counts of attempted murder and aggravated burglary.

Franks was charged with breaking into his in-laws' Green Township home and shooting Schobert. He was also charged with firing upon the three responding police officers. Franks ended up being shot by the officers.

Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Steven Martin accepted Franks' plea and sentenced him to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said it is rare for him to authorize a plea deal in a death penalty case.

"I only do this if we receive information after the indictment that significantly impacts the case and our argument for the death penalty," said Deters. "In this case, we learned after indictment that Franks suffered a traumatic brain injury that would have impacted the argument for the death penalty.  Several years ago he had a documented construction accident at work when a wall fell on him.  By all accounts, his behavior dramatically changed after this serious accident.  Only with the agreement of the victim's family and the police, did I agree to the plea.  Life in prison without the possibility of parole is the appropriate sentence in this case."

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