CRITTENDEN COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - A Crittenden County man was sentenced late Friday night to 152 years in prison in connection with a May 2017 incident in which he used an AK-47 to shoot at a West Memphis police officer.
According to Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington, Jaylen Farmer was convicted of one count of attempted capital murder, 16 counts of unlawful discharge of a firearm from a vehicle, one count of fleeing and 18 counts of using a firearm in the commission of a felony.
A jury sentenced Farmer to 48 years on the attempted capital murder charge, eight years on the fleeing charge and 96 years on the 16 counts of unlawful discharge of a firearm of a vehicle, Ellington said, noting the charges will run consecutively.
"Farmer was one of two men charged when a passenger in a vehicle opened fire at a West Memphis police officer during a routine traffic stop on May 19, 2017. The officer was trying to pull the vehicle over for a traffic violation when Farmer leaned out of the window with an AK-47 rifle and opened fire on the officer, striking his patrol vehicle several times," Ellington said in a statement.
Ellington also said that both prosecutors and police worked hard in preparing for the case.
"As prosecutors, our job focuses on public safety, and I hope that this verdict and sentence sends a strong message to those who have no regard for the safety or the lives of those who live and work in our community. The members of the West Memphis Police Department and officers of all the other agencies in our state lay their lives on the line daily. Violence against those who protect us will not be tolerated," Ellington said.