Arkansas inmate sentenced for fatal stabbing in prison

35-year-old Franklin Junior pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in connection to the death of Joe Kory Harter, who was fatally stabbed. (Photo courtesy: Arkansas Department of Correction)

An Arkansas inmate was sentenced to an additional 20 years in prison after pleading guilty in the murder of another inmate, who was fatally stabbed in 2015.

Henry Boyce, Third Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney, said 35-year-old Franklin Junior pleaded guilty to second-degree murder moments before a jury was to be seated in the Jackson County courtroom for the murder trial of Joe Kory Harter.

Harter was stabbed with a homemade weapon at the Arkansas Department of Correction's Grimes unit in what authorities suspect was gang warfare.

“I hope this case sends a message to the prison population in Arkansas that the laws of this state apply to prison inmates just as it does to the general public," Boyce said.

Junior's current incarceration began in October 2012 for first-degree battery and possession of a firearm by certain persons out of Drew County.

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