The family got poor legal assistance and allowed the case not going to trial in front of a jury who might have been able to see what really was going on, so a case which normally will have resulted in probation resulted in prison instead.
He was found hanging in his cell. The official ruling was suicide. However injuries on his body suggest a fight before the alleged suicide. It will properly never be revealed if it in fact was suicide or just a message to his sister so she would shut up about being a victim in the scandal. Unwillingly he became part of something bigger he could not survive.
Regardless of what took place it was a tragedy for his family. They lost a son and a brother.
May he find peace where he is now.
- The Franklin Scandal: A Story of Powerbrokers, Child Abuse & Betrayal (Amazon book store)
- The Franklin Scandal: The Elite Child Abuse Ring in Nebraska (The People's History)