Tuesday, August 3, 2004

Father berates killer of child

Plea deal avoids death sentence

By Natalie Morales
Enquirer staff writer

COVINGTON - The father of a murdered 13-year-old Independence girl was escorted out of the courtroom Monday as he shouted at the man who will serve 25 years-to-life in prison for her death.

Aaron Dishon, 22, was sentenced Monday. Dishon, of the 800 block of Crescent Avenue, pleaded guilty in July to the rape, robbery and murder of Tiffany Farmer last year, in exchange for prosecutors not seeking the death penalty.

"Our hearts were set on going to trial," said Julie Estes, Tiffany's mother. "We wanted a jury to decide (Dishon's) fate; we wanted a jury to decide what would happen."

Tiffany was reported missing April 27, 2003. Police later found her body under Dishon's bed in the Covington home he shared with his grandparents.

At the time of the killing, Tiffany was spending the weekend at her mother's home, also on Crescent Avenue. The eighth-grader lived with her father, Charles Farmer, at her paternal grandmother's Independence home.

Estes said Tiffany was lured to Dishon's home after he promised to help to care for a stray dog Tiffany found. "She loved animals," Estes said. "She trusted Aaron Dishon and thought he was her friend."

Four of Tiffany's family members talked to the court before the sentencing about their outrage at the sentence.

"I ain't got nothing to lose," said Charles Farmer, as he held up a photo of his daughter to show the judge. "I lost everything already."

As he walked to his seat, Charles Farmer shouted at Dishon - calling him a "coward" and a "punk." Officials quickly escorted him out of the courtroom.

Other family members also criticized Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney Bill Crockett. The family members said he agreed to Dishon's plea bargain without their consent.

"Usually when we come to an agreement it's because that's what makes sense when you look at the facts," said Mary Refizadeh, Dishon's public defender. "I feel sad for the Farmers because I believe they don't truly understand the facts."


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