News Releases

October 22, 2018: Man Sentenced for Long Beach Rape, Elder Assault, Burglaries

Contact: 
Ricardo Santiago, Public Information Officer
(213) 257-2000

A 40-year-old man was sentenced today to 423 years to life in state prison for raping one woman and assaulting a 90-year-old victim while committing burglaries in Long Beach, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

On July 20, a jury found Melvin Earl Farmer Jr. of Lynwood guilty of 13 felony counts: one count each of forcible rape, sexual battery by restraint, dissuading a witness from reporting a crime, assault to commit a felony during the commission of a first-degree burglary, criminal threats, second-degree robbery, and elder abuse as well as three counts each of first-degree residential robbery and first-degree burglary, person present.

Co-defendant Sophia Yim, 33, entered a no contest plea on July 9 without a prior agreement with the District Attorney’s Office. She pleaded to one count each of first-degree residential robbery and first-degree burglary, person present.

On Aug. 6, Yim was sentenced to five years of felony probation, 30 days of community service and given a six-year suspended prison sentence.

Deputy District Attorneys L. Christmas Brookens and Jacqueline Mac prosecuted the case.

Farmer went on a burglary crime spree between Feb. 2 and 9, 2017, the prosecutors said. According to evidence presented in court, during a burglary on Feb. 5, 2017, the defendant raped a 63-year-old woman.

On Feb. 9, 2017, Farmer burglarized the home of a 90-year-old woman. According to witness testimony, the defendant beat the victim and demanded a sexual favor which she refused.

Case NA105864 was investigated by the Long Beach Police Department.