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Rowan man gets at least 26 years prison on child sex offenses

Source: Rowan Sheriff's Office Source: Rowan Sheriff's Office
SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) -

A Rowan County man has been sentenced to at least 26 years in prison for sex crimes involving children as victims.

Jimmy Lee Farmer, 63, of Salisbury was convicted today by a jury in Rowan County Criminal Superior Court of felony first degree sex offense with a child and felony indecent liberties with a child, according to Rowan County District Attorney Brandy Cook.

Following the jury’s verdict, Judge Lori Hamilton sentenced Farmer to 317 months (26.41 years) to 441 months (36.75 years) in prison, along with a consecutive prison sentence of 21-35 months.

Court testimony revealed that the child victim, who was 4 years of age at the time, reported to a family member that Farmer had touched her private area. 

Law enforcement was contacted and a forensic interview was conducted at the Terrie Hess House Child Advocacy Center in Salisbury.  The child victim disclosed to a forensic interviewer what happened to her which was consistent with the information she initially reported.

Farmer was previously convicted in 1984 in Davidson County of two counts of second degree murder, which involved his wife and child. 

Farmer murdered his ex-wife Janice Marie Farmer and their daughter, Donna Marie Farmer in Davidson County.

Authorities said at the time Farmer was arguing with his ex-wife over support payments when he grabbed his daughter and tried to leave.

Janice Farmer hit him and Farmer attacked both mother and daughter with a two-by-four.

Investigators found the blood-stained board in the woods near shallow graves containing the two bodies.

Initially charged with two counts of first-degree murder, Farmer took a deal that allowed him to plead guilty to second-degree murder in the killing of his ex-wife and no contest to second-degree murder in his daughter’s death.

He was sentenced to consecutive 50-year sentences in 1984, but under the old Fair Sentencing laws, Farmer was able to earn early release. He was released from his first sentence after little more than 15 years and from the second in 2007.

District Attorney Brandy Cook stated that she appreciated the hard work of Assistant District Attorney Paxton Butler in the prosecution of the case and the coordinated efforts between the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, Terrie Hess House Child Advocacy Center, and DSS. 

Cook stated that her office was able to hold Farmer accountable for his criminal conduct due to the bravery of the child victim, who was able to step forward and testify in court against her abuser.  

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