Man guilty of robbing 85-year-old Miamisburg man, leaving him in car trunk

Billy Joe Farra   MONTGOMERY COUNTY JAIL
Billy Joe Farra MONTGOMERY COUNTY JAIL

A man accused of robbing and kidnapping an 85-year-old man at gunpoint was found guilty by a judge Wednesday night after a 2½-day trial.

Billy Joe Farra, 35, was convicted in the case where authorities said he and his co-defendant, Jessica Boomershine, broke into a Miamisburg home, assaulted an 85-year-old man and forced him into his car while the defendants allegedly drove to an ATM and withdrew money from his bank. Prosecutors said the 85-year-old was forced to give up his ATM pin at gunpoint.

Prosecutors said after that, Farra put the man into his trunk and drove the vehicle deep onto Rumpke’s waste facility property on East Monument Avenue in Dayton and left him in the trunk.

The man was able to free himself by using an emergency release inside the vehicle’s trunk, prosecutors said, and the victim was found by Rumpke employees.

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The defense asked the court to thoroughly review the evidence and the charges and said that Farra wasn’t accountable for the incident.

However, prosecutors vigorously contended that Farra was guilty.

“He cannot sit here and even allude that he did not know what was going on,” Montgomery County Assistant Prosecutor Kimberly Melnick said during closing arguments. “He is a very dangerous man.”

Throughout the trial, prosecutors presented evidence to the court including connections between Boomershine and Farra, DNA evidence that tied Farra to the victim in the case and video evidence where prosecutors said Farra can be seen partaking in the crime.

Prosecutors also said that the victim, while he couldn’t pick him out of a photo lineup, was able to describe Farra’s face tattoo.

Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Mary Wiseman decided the verdict after the defense requested a bench trial instead of a jury trial. Farra was found guilty of multiple felonies, including aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, kidnapping, felonious assault and grand theft.

He is set to be sentenced on Nov. 17.

Meanwhile, the case against Boomershine is set for trial on Nov. 16. She is due in court Nov. 3 for a final pre-trial conference, according to court records.

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