EUGENE, Ore. -- A Eugene man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for stalking and mailing threatening letters to a former teacher.
According to court statements, Gary Franklin, 57, sent two letters to an adult female victim between December 2020 and May 2021 using the U.S. Postal service.
The first letter contained a printout of what appeared to be a deceased, mutilated female. Handwritten wording above and below the image included racial and sexual orientation slurs and stated, “What I’d like to do to you.” The second letter contained another photograph of a deceased, mutilated female. The handwritten wording around the image stated that the photograph represented Franklin’s fantasy of what he wanted to do to the victim.
A forensic analysis conducted by the Oregon State Police Laboratory found Franklin’s fingerprints on the first letter. The FBI then executed a search warrant on Franklin’s Eugene residence where agents found a collection of knives, violent literature, and white supremacist memorabilia. Franklin was arrested without incident.
Franklin made his first appearance in federal court on May 21, 2021. He was arraigned, pleaded not guilty, and scheduled for a jury trial to begin on July 27, 2021.
On May 24 and 25, 2021, a U.S. magistrate judge held detention hearings for Franklin and detained him pending the jury trial.
If convicted, Franklin faces a maximum sentence of 5 years in federal prison for each count, one year of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000.