Lexington man sentenced to 38 years in prison for murder, assault in 2010 case

jwarren@herald-leader.comMarch 7, 2014 

A Lexington man was sentenced Friday to 38 years in prison for the 2010 murder of one man and wounding of another.

Darnell Eugene Farrier, 33, pleaded guilty in January to murder in the death of Jerry Waugh and the assault on Jerrod Vice.

On Friday, Circuit Judge Thomas Clark sentenced Farrier to 28 years for murder and 10 years for assault. The terms will run consecutively, for a total of 38 years, Clark ruled.

Three other charges against Farrier were dismissed. A persist-felon charge was merged with the murder charge.

Before Clark imposed the sentence, Farrier told the judge he regretted what happened and wanted the victims' families to know that "this wasn't an intentional murder."

It was "not in cold blood," Farrier said.

The case stemmed from a shooting on Sept. 19, 2010, in north Lexington.

Waugh and Vice were found inside a car stopped in the middle of Kenton Street, both men suffering from gunshot wounds to the head. Waugh died the next day at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital.

Vice later identified Farrier as the shooter. He told police he was meeting Farrier to sell him drugs, according to records filed in court in 2010.

According to the account in those records, Farrier entered the car, immediately shot Waugh, then demanded money and a cellphone from Vice. Farrier shot Vice after he complied.

Police arrested Farrier four days after the shooting.

At the time, police said the shooting was drug-related, and that Farrier, Waugh and Vice had been associates.

On Friday, Farrier said he thought he was in danger on the day of the shootings and had reacted out of fear.

"I feel bad that somebody died," he said.

Public defenders Craig Newbern and Sandra Downs told Clark that Farrier "felt nothing but remorse" for the shootings.

Newbern contended that Farrier suffered from post-traumatic stress as a result of a brutal upbringing in Cleveland. He described Farrier's early life as "horrible" and difficult.

"I believe the system failed him as a child," she said.

Clark pointed out, however, that Farrier had willingly pleaded guilty to murder and assault.

Jim Warren: (859) 231-3255. Twitter: @hlpublicsafety.

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