- Associated Press - Thursday, April 14, 2016

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - A man has been sentenced to 34 years in prison for the 2006 fatal shooting of a woman in Tacoma.

The Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office says Brandon Lee Farmer was sentenced to 407 months in prison on Thursday for the slaying of 45-year-old Velma Tirado.

Earlier this month, a jury convicted the 30-year-old Farmer of first-degree murder.

Prosecutors say in August 2006, Farmer and a friend picked up Tirado, who was working as a prostitute in Tacoma. After completing a sex act, Farmer shot Tirado in the head and fled with his friend in their vehicle.

The case was reopened in 2014 after Tacoma police got a tip that led to Farmer’s arrest.



Farmer was extradited to Washington from West Virginia, where he was in custody on unrelated charges.

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