A Hill Air Force Base sergeant was sentenced to five years to life in prison for raping a teenage girl, one of five charges he faced in 2nd District Court.
Larry J. Frans, 44, an Air Force munitions specialist, was sentenced by Judge Douglas L Cornaby. The judge also fined him $5,000 and ordered Frans to pay any counseling costs the victim incurs.Frans pleaded guilty to the rape charge, a first-degree felony, and a second-degree felony charge of sexual exploitation of a minor in a plea bargain with the Davis County attorney's office.
The rape count was amended from the original charge of rape of a child, a first-degree felony that carries a minimum mandatory prison term of five, 10, or 15 years.
In return for the two guilty pleas, charges of forcible sodomy, forcible sexual abuse and dealing in material harmful to a minor were dismissed. The forcible sodomy and sexual abuse charges are also first-degree felonies, the harmful-material charge is a third-degree felony.
Cornaby also sentenced Frans to a one-to-15-year term on the sexual exploitation charge, to run concurrently with his five-to-life prison sentence.
The incidents leading to the charges occurred over several months in 1988 and involve a teenage girl who was 13 at the time, according to court records.
The judge granted a request to allow Frans to stay in the county jail for three days instead of being sent immediately to prison. Frans has a hearing Friday at the base to determine if he is eligible for retirement, rather than discharge, from the Air Force.