Upon his conviction on a charge of prohibited actions by municipal officials, Christopher Franklin was removed from his position on the Helena-West Helena City Council. According to court documents, District Judge Steve Routon of St. Francis County found Franklin guilty in the District Court of Phillips County following a trail held Tuesday.

Upon his conviction on a charge of prohibited actions by municipal officials, Christopher Franklin was removed from his position on the Helena-West Helena City Council. According to court documents, District Judge Steve Routon of St. Francis County found Franklin guilty in the District Court of Phillips County following a trail held Tuesday.

Franklin and fellow council member John Huff were arrested back in March and charged with abuse of office and prohibited actions by city officials. They allegedly did not pay for water services. Huff was found not guilty of both allegations. Franklin was also found not guilty of the abuse of office charge.

In his verdict, Judge Routon wrote, “This conviction based upon the plain language of the statute, shall operate as a bar to any future employment of the defendant either as an employee or elected official of the city of Helena-West Helena, Arkansas.”

The statute states, “It shall be unlawful for any official or employee or any municipal corporation of this state to receive or accept any water, gas, electric current, or other article or service from the municipal corporation, or any public utility operating therein, without paying for it at the same rate and in the same manner that the general public in the municipal corporation pays therefore...”

Franklin was also fined $250 and $140 in court costs.