COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A woman who wore a ski mask to rob and repeatedly shock her mother with a Taser to steal a $40,000 engagement ring has been sentenced to eight years in prison.
Julie Franck, now 37, pleaded guilty this month to the October 2012 holdup in Bucktown.
Police at the time said two masked bandits ambushed the mother, a registered nurse, outside her condo in the 1700 block of North Marshfield Avenue.
They shocked her more than a dozen times with a stun gun and then snatched a 3½-carat diamond ring from her finger before making their escape in a smart car, authorities said.
Police later arrested a pregnant Julie Franck and declared it a secret daughter-on-mom attack. Franck's alleged accomplice, Linda Falk, 55, was also arrested and charged, according to court records.
Franck's mother later defended her daughter, saying she got caught up with the wrong people.
Nonetheless, her daughter pleaded guilty to armed robbery with a stun gun and aggravated battery causing great bodily harm after spending more than a year in the Cook County Jail, according to court records.
As part of the plea agreement entered on Dec. 5, Franck was sentenced to eight years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, according to court records.
The case against Falk is still pending.