Grand Forks man charged with attempted murder to plead guilty to lesser charge

GRAND FORKS – A Grand Forks man charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault was scheduled for a final dispositional conference Thursday, Sept. 29, but canceled to change his plea.

Joshua Dane Franklin, 29, plans to accept a plea agreement which would amend his attempted murder charge, a class A felony, to the class B felony of aggravated assault. If accepted by the judge, Franklin will be sentenced to 10 years in prison, with five years suspended and credit for 193 days served. Franklin’s second count of aggravated assault would be dismissed. After his release, Franklin will have three years of supervised probation.

At around 8:02 a.m. on March 26, Grand Forks police officers were dispatched on a medical call. Upon arrival the GFPD met Franklin, who let them inside. An officer observed the victim in the bathroom with an injury on his neck, according to an affidavit in the case. An officer indicated the victim’s trachea had been cut. The victim was transported to Altru Hospital. Medical staff reported the severity of the victim’s injuries, including a lacerated trachea and a severed thyroid.

Franklin was interviewed at the Grand Forks Police Department on April 1. According to the affidavit, Franklin said he stabbed the victim with a knife during an altercation. He also said the stabbing was intentional and he was aware stabbing someone in the neck could be fatal.

Franklin is charged with attempted murder, a class A felony, which has a maximum sentence of twenty years in prison and/or $20,000 in fines. He is also charged with aggravated assault with a weapon, a class C felony, which has a maximum sentence of five years in prison and/or $10,000 in fines.

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Franklin’s change of plea hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Oct. 10.



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