So Sad: Kirk Franklin Speaks Out After His Sister Gets 30 Year Pr’ison Se’ntence

Gospel legend, Kirk Franklin, and his family are going through it right now. He recently announced that his sister has just been sentenced to 30 years in pr’ison. Her current sentence comes sh’ortly after she’d already served 10 years in the pen’ for a separate dr’ug related cr’im’e.

In an emotional online post, Franklin revealed the latest he’artbreak’ing news to his fans:

“My sister was just sentenced to 30 years in pr’ison…I now feel the weight of wondering if I could have done more,” Fr’anklin said in his post on Sunday, with the caption “rough week,” added.


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Although there isn’t much info on Franklin’s sister, he did give a few clues into what she was going through in 2015, when he revealed that she struggled with drug a’ddic’tion and more:

“For over ten years, my younger sister was incarcerated in a facility here in Texas. She was in love with a young man who was [a] d’rug de’aler,” Franklin stated in his 2015 statement. “He introduced her to not only se’lling d’rugs, but using as well. When he was a’rres’ted for d’ru’g tr’affick’ing, she was ar’rest’ed along with him. After she served her time, she was brought before the review board who determined she was ready to be released and brought back into society. The documents were signed and she was set free… but only on paper.”

He continued, with his revelation that his sister had relapsed at that time, just months after her prior pr’is’on release:

“After a few months back into the free world, it became obvious to me rather quickly that my sister was still in pr’ison. It’s what they call being inst’itutionalized. She quickly started using again, becoming very re’ckless with her body, which turned into her using it as a means to pay for her habit,” he said.

A few weeks before his latest announcement about his sister’s 30 year bid, Kirk Franklin dropped some hints that someone in his family is currently de’aling with me’ntal health issues. On June 8, 2018, when celebrity chef, Anthony Bourdain, committed su’icid’e, days after fashion designer Kate Spade did, Franklin took to social media to share his story about his own family’s st’ruggles.

“We’ve had two individuals, high profile people that co’mmitted su’icide this week, in one week. And even though I didn’t know them that can be very tra’umatic and I wanted to be very honest with you to maybe help someone. I personally know what it is to have a family member with either issues with dep’ression or mental il’lness and we’re still going through it as a family,” he said, ad’ding a plea to his fans to “Get help.”

In addition to sh’aring his story, Franklin also advised Christians and rel’igious leaders not to minimize me’ntal illness as something that can simply be prayed out of an individual:

“In the church sometimes you think you can just shout everything away or speak in tongues everything away or sometimes drink and smoke everything away but you can’t. This is real. It’s a disease. And you’ve got to treat it like a dis’ease. God is fai’thful but faith without works is dead, so you’ve gotta put in the work. You’re too important. You’re too valuable. We need you,” stated Fr’anklin.

Sending uplifting energy to Kirk Franklin’s s’ister and whatever internal is’sues are pla’guing her at this time.

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