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Former Tulsa dentist found guilty of killing baby sentenced to life in prison

Bert Franklin was found guilty of first degree murder in the death of an Oklahoma City toddler. (KOKH)

Former Tulsa dentist Bert Franklin was sentenced to life in prison without parole after being convicted of killing a toddler.

An Oklahoma County judge sentenced Franklin to life in prison without parole and another life sentence to be served consecutively. He has also been ordered to pay $12,000 in restitution. Franklin is expected to appeal the decision. In September, he was found guilty of murder in the first degree and conspiracy to commit murder.

Court documents say video evidence reportedly shows Franklin slamming the 19-month-old's head into the ground before the child was found unresponsive in Oklahoma City in July 2016.

The baby's mother had been in a relationship with Franklin for over a year at the time of the baby's death while Franklin was married with children in Tulsa.

While in the Oklahoma County Jail awaiting trial, he allegedly used a mobile phone to try to hire a man to kill the baby's mother.

At the end of the trial, a jury found Franklin guilty of first degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder. They recommended he serve a life sentence without possibility of parole.

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