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Man sentenced in homeless woman’s death, attacks on others in Sacramento County

A man was given a lengthy sentence in state prison for a series of attacks in Sacramento County that included the fatal shooting of a homeless woman.

Christopher M. Franklin, 29, was found guilty by a jury Sept. 27 of first-degree murder, attempted murder, assault and illegal possession of a firearm.

On Tuesday, he was sentenced in Sacramento Superior Court to 75-years-to-life, plus 10 years and 8 months in prison.

Prosecutors said that on July 10, 2015, Franklin shot Dennis Clark, a homeless man who was sleeping under a bridge near Cottonwood Lane and Elsie Avenue in south Sacramento. Clark awoke to find Franklin standing over him.

Franklin then shot Clark four times, according to a news release from the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office. He survived the attack and shell casings were recovered by investigators at the scene.

On Oct. 11, 2015, Anna Bernaix was found shot to death near the homeless camp where she had been sleeping. Several casings were also recovered at the scene just north of Gwinhurst Circle, close to Calvine and Elk Grove Florin roads.

Then two days later, not far from where Bernaix was killed, surveyor Douglas Bean was working near some railroad tracks when Franklin came up behind him, placing Bean in a stranglehold. Other workers stopped Franklin just before Bean lost consciousness, according to the DA’s news release.

Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies responded and took Franklin into custody. A search of Franklin turned up a handgun of the same caliber as the shells found at the shootings of Clark and Bernaix.

Tests in the crime lab determined that the handgun matched the one used to shoot Clark and Bernaix.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews