Chenango County mother admits killing adopted son, burning down home

She's expected to be sentenced to at least seven years in prison in June.

Posted: Apr 3, 2019 9:50 AM

NORWICH, N.Y. (AP) - A woman has admitted working with her husband to kill their adopted son and burn down their central New York home to cover it up.

Heather Franklin pleaded guilty to manslaughter and arson Tuesday on the eve of her trial. She's expected to be sentenced to at least seven years in prison in June.

A jury convicted Ernest Franklin last month. He faces 25 years to life in prison when he's sentenced in May.

They were charged in the March 2017 death of 16-year-old Jeffrey Franklin, who was deaf and had behavior issues. Prosecutors say they were inspired by the movie "Manchester by the Sea," where a father accidentally starts a fire that kills his children.

The fire destroyed their home in Guilford, 55 miles (88 kilometers) southeast of Syracuse.

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