Brown Deer — The 61-year-old Brown Deer man who shot and killed his girlfriend's 21-year-old son on Sept. 12 has been sentenced to 20 years in prison and another 10 years of extended supervision.
Jessie James pleaded guilty to second-degree reckless homicide during a sentencing hearing on Dec. 8. James was originally charged with first-degree reckless homicide, but that charge was reduced to second-degree reckless homicide, according to online court records.
The victim, Mannix Franklin, had been living with his mother and James inside the Algonquin Manor senior apartments, 5005 W. Bradley Road, Brown Deer. James and Mannix Franklin got in an argument on Sept. 12, when Franklin put on loud music, started singing and wouldn't listen when James told him to be quiet, according to a criminal complaint.
When Franklin refused to leave the apartment, James told police that he went into his bedroom, loaded the shotgun with one shell and confronted Franklin in the living room. When Franklin did not take the threat seriously, James shot him on the left side of his lower abdomen, according to a criminal complaint.
When Brown Deer police responded ot the scene, James sat in the hallway and said, "I can't believe I shot him," according to a criminal complaint. Franklin was pronounced dead upon arrival at Froedtert Hospital.