Kirk Franklin recently took to social media to share some surprising personal news: His sister will be serving a hefty sentence behind bars.
Although the gospel superstar didn’t go into detail, he stated plainly that it had been a “rough week” for his family after discovering his sibling was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
“My sister was just sentenced to 30 years in prison…I now feel the weight of wondering if I could’ve done more.”
As of this writing, no details of her charges or conviction had been released, but Franklin had previously spoken about his sister’s drug addiction for his Patheos blog.
“For over ten years, my younger sister was incarcerated in a facility here in Texas. She was in love with a young man who was drug dealer,” he said in 2015. “He introduced her to not only selling drugs, but using as well. When he was arrested for drug trafficking, she was arrested along with him. After she served her time, she was brought before the review board who determined she was ready to be released and brought back into society. The documents were signed and she was set free… but only on paper.
“After a few months back into the free world, it became obvious to me rather quickly that my sister was still in prison,” he continued. “It’s what they call being institutionalized. She quickly started using again, becoming very reckless with her body, which turned into her using it as a means to pay for her habit.”
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.