JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the Jones County Sheriff's Department.
On April 9, Jones County Sheriff's Deputies responded to an aggravated assault in Soso. The alleged shooter was in a vehicle with Roderick Franklin, 28 of Laurel. During the investigation of the assault, it was discovered that Franklin had a High Point 380 in his possession, but not believed to be a part of the assault. The JCSD repeatedly told Franklin his gun was being kept for safekeeping until the investigation was complete. Franklin was assured that if the weapon was found to have no involvement in the assault, it would be returned to him.
On Aug. 24 Franklin produced a receipt to the JCSD Evidence Tech, showing he had purchased the gun from a local pawnshop. While taking a look at the receipt, it became quite obvious it had been altered. Franklin was called to the Sheriff's Office to be interviewed on Tuesday. A copy of the original receipt was shown to him, and he admitted to making the changes. Because the weapon in question was only being kept for safekeeping, the altered information would have made no difference in it being returned to Franklin; however, since he was falsifying a document for what he perceived to be in his favor, a crime was committed.
Franklin was charged with a felony of False Sales Receipt, as his intent was to cheat or defraud the Jones County Sheriff's Department by altering a receipt to obtain property. He appeared before Judge Billie Graham at Jones County Justice Court, where his bond was set for $2,500.