Posted: Feb 26, 2013 8:57 PM by Tara Oster - MTN News
KALISPELL - A Kalispell man convicted late last year of raping a young girl back in 2006 was back in court today. He received his sentence this afternoon in Flathead County District Court.
"The court does find the significant sentence to be appropriate in this case and for that reason the court does sentence you to the state prison for a term of 50 years and I'm going to suspend 10 of those years."
In 2012, Jason Franks, 43, was found guilty of raping an 11-year-old girl.
Franks must complete two phases of a sex offender program before he's eligible for parole.
He is also designated as a Level 2 sex offender.
Franks is requesting a new trial based on what he says are conflicts of interest with his attorney.
Judge Stadler says he will rule on that motion within the next few days.