Century Man Gets Probation For Trying To Run Over Man He Thought Was Convicted Sex Offender

September 4, 2023

A Century man was sentenced to probation for  trying to run over a man he thought was a convicted sex offender walking out of a liquor store.

Kinte Hassan Franklin, 45, was originally charged with felony aggravated battery using a deadly weapon. He pleaded no contest to a lesser charge of misdemeanor battery and was sentenced to 12 months probation by Judge John Simon.

In January 2023, the victim told the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office that Franklin was the driver of a maroon car with the window partially down outside the Fusion Liquor store next door to the Food Giant on North Century Boulevard.

The driver, Franklin, told him “I’m going to kill you because you are a convicted child molester,” according to an ECSO arrest report. He then turned the car around and struck the victim in the legs, the report continues. The victim’s wife was with him at the time. She told deputies that another occupant of the vehicle told Franklin, “You just need to run over this [expletive] you just need to kill him”.

According to the ECSO, surveillance video showed Franklin circle the parking lot multiple times and pull up to the victim and say something. Deputies said the video then shows Franklin pull into a parking spot in front of the store, back out, and then pull forward, striking the victim with the vehicle multiple times.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice National Sex Offender Registry, the victim is not a convicted sex offender.


8 Responses to “Century Man Gets Probation For Trying To Run Over Man He Thought Was Convicted Sex Offender”

  1. Bob on September 6th, 2023 4:15 pm

    @Duke of Wawbeek

    Absolutely not. Throw the book at this guy and anyone else who decides that they are above the law.

  2. Duke of Wawbeek on September 6th, 2023 3:06 pm

    His heart was in the right place.

    The lesser evil, for the greater good.

    Go easy on him.

  3. Tyrone on September 5th, 2023 5:39 pm

    Keep these criminals behind bars where they belong – it’s very simple really – but the corruption in the court system is horrendous.

  4. Cantonment Mom on September 5th, 2023 9:24 am

    Yeah – well I know from experience that our judicial system turns them back out to the street in less than 4 hours….. and then lets them off with 6 months probation as a punishment- THATS why vigilante justice is warranted sometimes, in my eyes. These perverts go right back out to the street and continue their behavior and leave more victims in their wake – I know I’ve watched it happen.

    BUT- make 100% sure you got the right person first!

  5. Bob on September 4th, 2023 11:58 pm


    lol, I’m glad we were able to find some common ground on something.

  6. George on September 4th, 2023 6:48 pm

    Bob, I agree with you100% on this one.
    Me agreeing with you is rare and will not happen
    Ery often. Lol

  7. Bob on September 4th, 2023 12:12 pm



    Vigilantism is never “legit”. Even if his victim *had* been a convicted sex offender, citizens taking the law into their hands and doling out extrajudicial punishments is never a good thing.

  8. Paul on September 4th, 2023 11:02 am

    Well, his reason was legit. Just hit the wrong target.