Ex-Lion gets jail time

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 7:59 AM ET

A former B.C. Lions' linebacker was sentenced to three years in prison for sexually assaulting a woman at knifepoint during a November 2005 crack cocaine binge.

B.C. Supreme Court Justice Harry Slade handed the sentence to Keith Franklin, 36, for sexual assault with a weapon.

He also received a two-year concurrent sentence for uttering threats, unlawful confinement and theft. Franklin already spent 14 months and 19 days in custody, for which he gets double credit.

Crown counsel Louise Gauld asked for an eight- to nine- year sentence, while Franklin's lawyer Karen Bastow sought two to four years.

Slade called Los Angeles-born Franklin a motivated and successful man, brought down by addiction. He began snorting cocaine in 2004, switched to methamphetamine and became addicted to crack in mid-2005.

A jury convicted Franklin Jan. 30 because he confined a woman in her apartment for an hour and forced her to commit sexual acts on him for 15 to 20 minutes. She escaped, but he gained entry to another woman's suite. He took $20 before police cornered him outside the building.

Franklin was ordered to submit a DNA sample and banned for life from owning firearms. He played for the B.C. Lions in 1999 and 2000 and retired in 2003.


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