TEXAS CITY — A Texas City man who was convicted of murder in 1992 was found guilty of possessing cocaine within 1,000 feet of Simms Elementary School and was sentenced Wednesday to serve 20 years in prison.
A jury in the 10th District Court found Lionel Franklin, 45, guilty of the second-degree felony of possession of cocaine in a drug-free zone.
In 1992, Franklin was sentenced to 15 years in prison after being convicted of murder and had previous convictions for robbery and possession of cocaine.
The suspected drug dealer was arrested in January 2013, when Texas City police searched his apartment and found crack cocaine, marijuana, scales and cash.
Franklin will also be required to pay a $20,000 fine.