Anthony Rocco Franklin Found Guilty Of Murder

A Columbia County jury has found Anthony Rocco Franklin guilty of first degree murder in the shooting death of his ex-son-in-law, Frank Spencer, at Spencer’s home in Hemlock Township back in July of 2012. It took the jury 5 hours to reach its verdict which was read at about 9:30 last night in Columbia County Court. Investigators and prosecutors believe Franklin, along with his daughter and Spencer’s ex-wife, Maria Sanutti-Spencer, plotted and committed the murder of Spencer. Sanutti-Spencer is serving a life sentence after being convicted in 2015 for her part in the homicide. Franklin’s sentencing will be held within 90 days. Franklin’s defense attorney is already planning to appeal.