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Draper man gets 30 years for sexual attack

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

A 37-year-old Draper man received a 30-year prison sentence Wednesday for a July 2017 sexual attack on a woman he knew. He’ll have 12 years to serve.

Dustin Scott Farmer was facing charges of abduction, two counts of rape, sodomy, strangulation and assault and battery as a third or subsequent offense. His case was set for a two-day jury trial later this month.

However, Farmer decided to plead no contest to strangulation, sodomy and assault and battery in a plea agreement. In exchange, the other three charges weren’t prosecuted.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Fleenor said the victim of the attack supports the plea agreement. He told Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Bradley Finch the woman chose not to attend Wednesday’s proceedings.

The identity of the woman is not being released due to the nature of the case.

According to Fleenor, Farmer called the victim and tried to get her to come to his house July 17, 2017. When she declined, he showed up at her residence and drove away when she agreed to sit in his car. “He drove around Pulaski County, hitting her with his fist and hand, and threatening to kill her,” the prosecutor told Finch.

Farmer eventually parked in a secluded area of Pulaski County and told the victim to get out of the car. Fleenor said Farmer choked the woman twice and told her he was going to kill her. Farmer then ordered the woman back into his car.

Fleenor said Farmer continued to drive around for a while, then parked the car and said he was tired. As Farmer started to fall asleep, the woman moved toward the car door in an attempt to escape, but Farmer awakened.

At that point, Fleenor said, Farmer grabbed a knife and cut two sections of hair from the victim’s head. He said Farmer put the hair in a bag and told the woman he was going to keep it as a souvenir.

As Farmer continued to drive around in the Pulaski and Wythe County area, he forced the woman to perform oral sex on him, according to Fleenor. Ultimately, though, the woman was able to get the car door open and she literally fell from the car, shirt and braless, Fleenor said.

The woman ran into some woods and hid while listening to Farmer driving around and calling her name. She eventually laid down in a field of high grass and waited for him to leave, then approached another motorist for help.

Although the victim asked the male motorist not to call the police, he did, Fleenor said.

When shown pictures of the victim’s wounds during questioning by police, Farmer acknowledged hitting her and telling her he would kill her, Fleenor said. However, Farmer insisted he wouldn’t have killed her.

Fleenor said Farmer told police he wasn’t proud of his actions, but he was angry.

Under the plea agreement, Farmer received five years in prison on each of the assault and strangulation charges. He was sentenced to 20 years for sodomy. The charges must be served consecutively to one another, bringing the total sentence to 30 years.

The agreement calls for Farmer to serve 12 years of the sentence, with 18 years suspended indefinitely. He will be placed on 10 years of supervised probation upon release from prison. At that time he must register as a sex offender.

Fleenor noted the agreement also requires any prison sentences received in Wythe County Circuit Court also run consecutively to the local sentences.

Farmer has charges of abduction and being a violent felon in possession of a firearm pending in Wythe County. Fleenor anticipates Farmer receiving another eight years to serve in Wythe – thus resulting in an active sentence of 20 years.

Dates have not been set for the Wythe County cases.

Farmer is prohibited from having any contact with the victim, her family or members of her household.

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