WEST MEMPHIS, AR – Jaylen Farmer, 21, was convicted by a Crittenden County jury last night of one count of Attempted Capital Murder, sixteen counts of Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm from a Vehicle, one count of Fleeing, and eighteen counts of Using a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony. A jury of six men and six women found Farmer guilty on all charges and recommended he be sentenced to forty-eight years for Attempted Capital Murder, eight years for Fleeing, and a total of ninety-six years for the sixteen counts of Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm from a Vehicle, to be served consecutively. Circuit Judge John Fogleman followed the jury’s recommendation and sentenced Famer to a total of 152 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections.
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.
Second Judicial Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington said, “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. I appreciate the hard work Deputy Prosecutors Tom Young and Matthew Coe put into preparing and prosecuting this case.” Deputy Prosecutor Tom Young of West Memphis added, “Our community is sick of gun violence perpetuated by gangs, and the jury clearly agreed. I also want to thank the West Memphis Police Department for their hard work handling of this difficult case.”