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Boyfriend sentenced in fatal Scott County abuse case

Rain Smith • May 3, 2018 at 3:00 PM

GATE CITY — A Southwest Virginia man will serve 25 years in prison for the death of his girlfriend, a mother of four whom he tried to hide in a field following domestic violence. The victim was located but later succumbed to her injuries in the hospital.

Christopher James Farmer, 30, was scheduled to go to a jury trial in December. Days prior, he pleaded no contest to multiple offenses: vehicular manslaughter; attempting to conceal a dead body; DUI; reckless driving causing death; unauthorized use of a vehicle; public intoxication; disorderly conduct; and assault and battery.

The incident occurred in the early morning of March 30, 2016. According to Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Dan Fellhauer, a resident along Route 65 in Clinchport dialed 911 and reported a man yelling and slapping someone in the roadway.

When Scott County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Ted Fletcher responded, Farmer was found in a field, trying to conceal the severely injured Sirena Hale Flint, 35. She was flown to Holston Valley Medical Center and died three days later.

According to Fellhauer, evidence presented in court showed that Farmer had been driving recklessly and at a high rate of speed. Flint was a passenger and was ejected from the vehicle, inflicting the injuries that led to her death.

Additionally, witnesses testified the couple had previously been at a location and Farmer was intoxicated. Flint reportedly argued with Farmer about his ability to drive, at which time Farmer assaulted her and took her keys. They then departed with Flint as his passenger.

Prosecutors say other evidence included a body camera worn by Deputy Fletcher. As Flint was being transported from the scene on Route 65 for medical care, Farmer is reportedly shown yelling at her and calling her names.

Farmer, of Duffield, was sentenced Monday in Scott County Circuit Court. As supported by prosecutors and agreed by the court, his 40 years in prison with 15 suspended is above the state sentencing guidelines on his charges.

Notes Fellhauer: “Mr. Farmer presented no remorse throughout the sentencing proceedings, and when asked to make a statement, apologized for the ‘colossal waste of time.’ Ms. Flint was a repeated victim of Mr. Farmer. His demeanor, actions, response and lack of concern for her well-being are apparent throughout the evidence presented in this case. Mrs. Flint’s death was tragic; tragic in that she lost her life through Mr. Farmer’s woeful disregard for her.”

Assisting with the investigation and prosecution of the case were the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State Police and VSP Department of Criminal Investigations.

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