Ruby Franke and Jodi Hildebrandt sentenced to up to 30 years in prison in child abuse case

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Ruby Franke, Jodi Hildebrandt, child abuse case, sentencing, Utah law, aggravated child abuse, Eric Clarke, public safety.

Ruby Franke and Jodi Hildebrandt sentenced to up to 30 years in prison in child abuse case

Utah court hands down maximum sentences for Franke and Hildebrandt in aggravated child abuse case.

Ruby Franke and Jodi Hildebrandt, known for their online presence and parenting advice, have been sentenced to up to 30 years in prison each, following a child abuse case that shocked many.

Ruby Franke, Jodi Hildebrandt, child abuse case, sentencing, Utah law, aggravated child abuse, Eric Clarke, public safety. Ruby Franke, Jodi Hildebrandt, child abuse case, sentencing, Utah law, aggravated child abuse, Eric Clarke, public safety.
Ruby Franke, Jodi Hildebrandt, child abuse case, sentencing, Utah law, aggravated child abuse, Eric Clarke, public safety.

 

Shocking Sentencing

The sentencing, announced after a hearing, sees both Franke and Hildebrandt facing four consecutive prison terms, potentially ranging from one to 15 years each, the harshest penalty allowed under Utah law. The Utah Board of Pardons and Parole will determine the exact duration of their imprisonment.

Charges and Pleas

Initially charged with six counts of aggravated child abuse, Franke and Hildebrandt pleaded guilty to the charges. Each count carried a potential penalty of one to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Prosecution’s Statement

During the sentencing recommendation, state prosecutor Eric Clarke described the environment faced by Franke’s children as “concentration camp-like,” accusing Franke of committing “horrible acts of child abuse.” Clarke also labeled Hildebrandt as a “significant threat” to the community.

Defendants’ Remarks

Both Franke and Hildebrandt addressed the court before their sentencing. Hildebrandt expressed willingness to “submit to what the state feels is an appropriate amount of time served,” while Franke admitted to inflicting injuries on her children. Franke thanked public safety officials for rescuing her children, referring to them as “angels.”

Looking Ahead

Franke has 30 days to appeal the decision. The court’s decision, though severe, aims to offer safety to Franke’s family and accountability to the public, according to Franke herself.

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