- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 27, 2011

A D.C. man believed to have had sex with his teenage daughter shortly before he fatally stabbed her and stuffed her body in a trash was sentenced Thursday to 40 years in prison.

Rodney McIntyre, 45, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in July in connection with the girl’s death. He was sentenced in D.C. Superior Court by Judge Lynn Leibovitz, who said McIntyre’s conduct “was the product of a depraved heart in the truest sense of the legal meaning of the term.”

Ebony Franklin, 17, was found dead Nov. 29, three days after she was last seen alive and with her father. DNA evidence indicated that McIntyre had sex with her within 72 hours of her death, according to charging documents. She had been stabbed 15 times and placed in an alleyway trash receptacle in the 1000 block of Fairmont Street in Northwest — about a block from a boxing gym where McIntyre worked as a janitor.

Ebony, of Capitol Heights, lived with her mother and had sought out her father after he was released from jail in 2008 for making threats in a domestic violence case. From May 2008, when Ebony was 15, until her death McIntyre engaged in sex with his daughter, prosecutors said.

On Nov. 26, the day Ebony went missing, her mother said she was supposed to meet with her father to get Christmas presents and then return home to finish her chores, according to court papers.

Prosecutors said McIntyre used Ebony’s cell phone to send texts to people indicating she had had run away and asking her stepfather if her mother was mad that she had not come home. He also visited police stations to report the girl missing.

Even as McIntyre was arrested and confronted with the fact that his DNA was found on his daughter, he offered police no explanation.

“I don’t know how I would explain it,” he said, according to court records.