Thursday, July 20, 2000

Man gets 2 more life sentences

This conviction is one of dozens

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        BURLINGTON — Franklin “Buddy” Roark Jr. was found guilty Wednesday of first-degree rape and was sentenced to two more life sentences.

        This time, a Boone County jury convicted him of tying up a Burlington woman and raping her. Jurors deliberated a few hours before coming before Boone Circuit Judge Jay Bamberger with their verdict.

        Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Linda Tally Smith said she's glad to have the case behind her.

        “It's been a long two weeks,” she said.

        Mr. Roark, 44, was convicted of first-degree rape, burglary and robbery, and for being a persistent felony offender. He will be eligible for parole in 20 years.

        In six days, the prosecution brought in 31 witnesses, including the rape victim, to testify against Mr. Roark.

        “Each of the women had a little bit of an opportunity to take control back in their lives,” Ms. Tally Smith said.

        Mr. Roark already has started serving another life sentence. He was convicted in 1997 of robbery, burglary and sexual abuse in Campbell County. They were Mr. Roark's 15th, 16th and 17th convictions — all for either robbery, burglary or a sex crime — over 25 years.

        He has spent most of his adult life in prison.

        He was released from prison in 1998 after serving 10 years of a 28-year sentence for rapes in Trimble and Oldham counties in 1987. Before that, he served a decade for rapes in Kenton and Boone counties in 1975.

        He insists he is innocent.


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