A truck driver has been convicted of the brutal murder of a New Jersey woman more than three decades ago.
A judge in Union County convicted Carlton Franklin of murdering neighbor Lena Triano in her Westfield home in 1976.
Prosecutors say Triano was found tied, raped beaten and strangled in her home.
Franklin was arrested last spring after the prosecutor’s office’s cold case unit uncovered evidence that could be tested with modern techniques.
Since Franklin was 15-years-old at the time of the murder, prosecutors tried the 52-year-old in juvenile court, in accordance the laws in effect in 1976..
If sentenced as a juvenile, the sentence would typically revolve around how to best rehabilitate him. He has not committed a crime in more than fourteen years.
Franklin, who has spent two decades in prison for a separate kidnapping and robbery, has held a job as an oil truck driver since his release in 1999.
52-year old truck driver tried as juvenile in 1976 New Jersey murder | Fox News
I would like to see how this turns out.