On Wednesday October 30, 50-year-old Bryan Farmer was convicted of raping a 41-year-old woman in March of 2012. The alleged victim is said to have the mental capacity of a 7-year-old. According to news reports at Mlive.com, the registered sex offender sexually assaulted the woman in his home in Lansing; he was on parole at the time.
Farmer was convicted of sexually assaulting a person under the age of 13 in 1991; he served prison time of more than 19 years in that case. While on parole, Farmer fled to Tennessee after cutting his court-ordered tether, according to authorities. He was later apprehended by U.S. Marshals.
The defendant was convicted in Ingham County Circuit Court of unlawful imprisonment, assault with a dangerous weapon, and two counts of first-degree CSC. While Farmer’s trial began on October 14, it wasn’t until two days later that certain evidentiary materials were received from Catherine Farrell, a Lansing police detective who had investigated the case.
On October 16, the prosecutor and another detective who had been assigned to Farmer’s case reviewed to documents presented by Farrell, and determined that there was a discrepancy. The documents were in regards to cell phone records. Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III indicated that the detective said the records brought in by Farrell did not conform with records obtained from the police department. Farrell was suspended from the Lansing Police Department, and was under investigation by State Police at the time of news reports.
While Farmer plans to appeal his conviction, he is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Rosemarie Aquilina on December 4. The maximum penalty for first-degree criminal sexual conduct is life in prison.
While the defendant in this case does intend to appeal his conviction, he did not request a mistrial because of the discrepancy in evidence brought in by Farrell, although prosecutors had believed he would.
Michigan sex crime defense attorneys know that unless Farmer is successful in appealing his conviction, it is likely he will face life in prison considering he is a repeat offender and violated the terms of his parole.
Anyone who has been accused of rape, child molestation, Internet sex crimes, or any related offense must seek the counsel of a skilled and aggressive Michigan sex crime defense lawyer right away. It is critical that your legal rights and freedom are protected; the consequences of a conviction for a sex-related offense are severe.