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'Grim Sleeper' Arrested at Least 15 Times in 40 Years but Never Sent to Prison
Lonnie Franklin, Jr., the alleged"Grim Sleeper" serial killer arrested this week and charged with 10 murders, managed to avoid being sent to state prison despite being arrested at least 15 times in the past four decades, according to the Daily News.
On the 57-year-old Franklin's rap sheet are crimes such as burglary, car theft, firearms possession and assaults. However, according to authorities, "his crimes never were considered serious enough to send him to state prison or to warrant his entry in the state's DNA database."
Overcrowding also kept Franklin out of prison, including when he allegedly killed one of his victims in July 2003. Records show that probation officers, as well as court and jail officials all recommended at various times that Franklin be imprisoned. Currently the police are working using DNA to determine if the "Grim Sleeper" can be connected to at least 30 other crimes in their database.
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