Ruby Franke breaks tears as the judge sentences her to up to 60 years in prison for child abuse

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Ruby Franke broke down in tears on Tuesday after being found guilty of serious child abuse and given a maximum sentence of 60 years in prison.

Ruby Franke, a former host of the YouTube channel “8 Passengers,” the judge handed down a verdict that could see her spending up to 60 years behind bars. The terms of her plea agreement include serving four consecutive sentences, each ranging from one to 15 years.

The 42-year-old Franke said to the judge “I am humbled and willing to serve a prison sentence for as long as I need. I am committed to unlearning my toxic behavior.”

The judge’s decision to impose a sentence of 4 to 60 years is the maximum allowed under Utah state sentencing guidelines.

Ruby Franke’s former business partner, Jodi Hildebrandt, received the same sentence. The judge characterized Hildebrandt’s actions as having “terrorized” the children.

In a statement, Hildebrandt said that, “I sincerely loved these children, one of the reasons I didn’t go to trial is I didn’t want them to relive this.”

Franke and Hildebrandt faced charges of aggravated child abuse related to Franke’s own children. Both pleaded guilty in December. Franke’s admission included torturing her children by holding their heads underwater and depriving them of food.

In a disturbing incident, when one of Franke’s sons attempted to escape in July, she restrained him using handcuffs on his wrists and ankles. She then used a rope to connect the two sets of cuffs, effectively lifting his “arms and lower legs off the ground.” 

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Danny Freeman

Danny Freeman is a correspondent for usnewsdaily , based in Philadelphia. The Emmy Award-winning reporter joined usnewsdaily in 2023 from NBC10 in Philadelphia.While at NBC10, Freeman worked as an Investigative Reporter focused on campaign finance, environmental issues, and police accountability.Freeman returned to the East Coast after working as a political reporter for NBC 7 in San Diego, where he hosted “Politically Speaking,” the station’s weekly public affairs show. Prior to that, he was a reporter at KGET-17 News, the NBC affiliate in Bakersfield, California.
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