GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- One of the three teenage boys accused of robbing multiple convenience stores at gun point in Josephine county is behind bars for over 5 years.
18-year-old Kenneth Frankel was sentenced to 70 months in prison with credit for time served and 3 years of post-prison supervision for two counts of robbery in the second degree.
Today in court, he was quiet and didn’t have any response for the judge when asked about the string of burglaries, “Judge Wolke: Mr. Frankel is there anything that you would like to say before I post sentence? Frankel: No. Judge Wolke: So, what was going on … a string of robberies? Frankel: I have nothing to say about it. Judge Wolke: You have nothing to say about it? Frankel: (silence) Judge Wolke: OK.”
Frankel’s father and other family members were in the courtroom. Frankel’s father addressed the court and asked the judge to consider releasing Frankel on good behavior, saying, “I’m horribly ashamed for what my son’s done. I’m not trying to minimize it, I’m not trying for him to not take responsibility for what he’s done but my son is a completely different young man when he’s not on drugs,” he continued, asking for Frankel to participate in a drug rehabilitation program.
“I guess, my fear your honor, is we send this young man to prison for 70 months, which he deserves because of the crime he’s committed; I understand that,” said Frankel’s father, “but without any drug rehabilitation or focus on changing the mentality of this young man, who is using drugs … I’m not sure that putting him in prison for 70 months with a bunch of criminals to learn from. Instead of going to college and having a master’s degree in six years, he’s going to come out of prison with a master’s degree as a criminal.”
Judge Wolke acknowledge Frankel’s father’s comments and concerns and said that it will be up to his son, how he wants to live his life.
“He’s going to be clean and sober in the meantime and he’s going to figure out if that’s the life he wants to live or if he wants to be a druggie. Usually smart people don’t choose that but we’ll see about your son,” said Wolke.