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July 14, 2021

Jury gives 43-year sentence in Warrenton teen’s murder

The judge formally will impose Daniel M. Farmer II’s sentence on Oct. 25.
Murder victim Lincoln Williams Jr. as a football player at Kettle Run High School.
He was involved in a lot of things he should not have been involved in, but he was just a kid.
— Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Abigail J. Owens
Murder Trial
• Case: Aug. 26 murder of Lincoln Lamar Williams Jr., 18. Mr. Williams got shot in the face outside of his home at 5042 Old Auburn Mill Road, about five miles east of Warrenton. He died later that night in Fauquier Hospital.

• Defendant: Daniel Martin Farmer, 25, of Nokesville.

• Charges: First-degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.

• Jury trial: July 12-14 in Fauquier County Circuit Court.

• Verdicts: Guilty on all four counts.

• Sentences: 25 years for murder, 10 for conspiracy, 5 for robbery and 3 for use of a firearm.

• Prosecutors: Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorneys Abigail J. Owens and Amy Cassandra.

• Defense attorney: Robert V. Bryan Jr. of Fairfax.

• Judge: James P. Fisher

• Jury: Seven men and five women deliberated 2-1/2 hours Wednesday to reach verdicts.

• Next: Judge will impose sentences at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 25.
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The jury Wednesday sentenced a Nokesville man to 43 years in prison for his role in the August 2019 murder of a Warrenton teenager.

Daniel Martin Farmer, 25, set up a robbery attempt that resulted in the fatal shooting of Lincoln L. Williams Jr. on Aug. 26 of that year.

Mr. Farmer recruited his sister’s boyfriend to rob the teenager, who allegedly had cheated him in a previous cocaine purchase.

Jurors deliberated about 2-1/2 hours earlier Wednesday in Fauquier County Circuit Court to find Mr. Farmer guilty of first-degree murder and three related crimes.

The jury sentenced him to:

• 25 years in prison for murder. He faced a potential life term.

• 10 years for conspiracy, the maximum.

• 5 years for robbery, the minimum. That conviction also presented a potential life sentence.

• 3 years for the firearms charge.

Judge James P. Fisher will impose Mr. Farmer’s sentence at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 25.

The jury heard a day and a half of testimony, starting Monday, in the trial.

Myi’son I. Ellis of Waynesboro last year received a 51-year sentence after a jury found him guilty of fatally shooting Mr. Williams, whom he’d never met.

Originally charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, Lucretia Robinson last year pleaded guilty to a lesser charge, accessory to a homicide, and received a five-year prison sentence with 38 months suspended.

Mr. Farmer testified Tuesday that he tried to call off the robbery that night as he drove Mr. Ellis to the Williams house on Old Auburn Road east of Warrenton.

Mr. Farmer claimed Mr. Ellis threatened him with a handgun during that ride but then got out of the car and into Ms. Robinson’s vehicle. Still, Mr. Farmer continued to lead them to the victim’s house, which neither Mr. Ellis nor Ms. Robinson had ever visited.

After Mr. Ellis confronted the teenager and shot him in the head, the blood-covered victim stumbled into the house and awoke his parents as he pleaded for help.

Mr. Williams held up two fingers and said “Rudeboy,” Mr. Farmer’s nickname, when his father asked who assaulted him. The teenager lost consciousness and died about an hour later at Fauquier Hospital.

After the convictions Wednesday, Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Abigail J. Owens asked the jury to impose a life sentence on Mr. Farmer.

Of the victim, Ms. Owens said: “He was involved in a lot of things he should not have been involved in, but he was just a kid.”

Before the sentencing, Crystal Williams told the jury about celebrating her son’s 18th birthday with his 15-year-old brother and his father at Blue Ridge Seafood near Gainesville two months before the murder.

“He was more than just a drug dealer, that’s not who he was,” Mrs. Williams said. “He was a star football player; he was a good student with lots of friends . . . . He just got caught up” in drugs.

She described the stress on their family.

“It’s been very hard,” Mrs. Williams testified. “As a matter of fact, we ended up in the ER last night with my husband. He thought he was having a heart attack . . . . He had heart palpitations.”

Lincoln Williams Sr. has suffered sleeplessness, she said.

“A 15-year-old should not see his brother die in his home,” Mrs. Williams added.

Her older son got up at 5 a.m. each weekday and worked for an excavation company, earning almost $20 an hour and planning to enter the military, Mrs. Williams testified.

Then, Mr. Farmer’s father took the witness stand.

“My son did not kill anybody,” Daniel Farmer Sr. testified before sentencing. “He did not intend any of this. He’s a good kid.”

The younger Farmer has three sons, his father said.

But, Ms. Owens challenged the witness on his characterization of the younger Farmer, convicted as a 15-year-old of armed robbery, three counts of battery and participation in a gang. He spent six years in a juvenile detention center.

“He’s not in a gang,” his father replied. “He was friends with some other people with gang involvement.”

Defense attorney Robert V. Bryan Jr. asked the jury to impose the minimum sentences on his client’s four new convictions.

“We do ask you to strongly consider the fact that he was not the trigger man” and had “no intent to murder” the victim, Mr. Bryan said.

In an interview after the sentencing, the defense attorney said: “It’s notable that (the jury) gave the minimum sentence on the robbery conviction and just five years more than the minimum on the murder count. I can only suppose that they understood the role” Mr. Farmer played in the crimes.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Scott Hook had hoped for a life sentence.

“Thank you to the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office, to the state police and to Amy (Cassandra) and Abbey (Owens) for doing an excellent job of pulling all the elements together,” Mr. Hook said of his assistants who prosecuted the case. “This finally brings an end to this trilogy” of conspirators in the murder.

Of the recent drug crimes and murders of young people in Fauquier, he added: “People are bringing these crimes from out of the county.”

The chief prosecutor urged parents to “be involved in children’s lives and, if they’re living in your house, in their social media.

“A lot of this happened on Snapchat and other social media.”

Contact Editor “Lou” Emerson at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 540-270-1845.

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