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One sister sentenced, second on the run

ALBANY, Ga. — A woman facing five years in prison went on the run with a bench warrant sworn out Monday for her arrest, said a Dougherty County court official said.

Connie Lynn Justice did not appear with her sister, Carrie Lee Franklin, at sentencing Monday after following their guilty verdicts in June, Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards said. The sublings were scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Denise Marshall for maliciously placing their sane mother in a mental ward.

“Franklin was sentenced to five years with two to serve in prison,” Edwards said. “Justice did not show up. We are looking for her.”

The sisters committed their mother, Jean Sanken, against her will to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital’s mental facility. Sanken was there for three days.

The family apparently clashed about domestic issues, such as nonpayment of rent to Sanken and her daughter’s behavior. Sanken had sought redress from Magistrate Court.

“The courts said to move out within a week, and they (Franklin and Justice) went to the Probate Court making these allegations that she (Sanken) was insane,” Edwards has said.

According to Edwards, the maximum prison sentence for Justice could be 10 years.

Anyone with additional information is asked contact the Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office at (229) 431-2166 or Crime Stoppers at (229) 436-TIPS (8477). The Spanish-language APD-COP Tip Line is (229) 434-2677.

Crime Stoppers is an anonymous tipline. People with information could become eligible for cash rewards.