A Gilbert man will likely spend the next 30 years in prison with no chance of parole for his part in the rape of a 12-year-old girl.
Albert Farnsworth, 21, admitted Wednesday in Maricopa County Superior Court that he and William Porter, 24, kidnapped the girl and raped her in February.
"This defendant is the one who actually kidnapped her," prosecutor Suzanne Wilson said, referring to Farnsworth.
Wilson then provided the court with a brief, detailed description of the girl’s ordeal, which brought the girl’s parents to tears.
Wilson said Farnsworth confessed to one of the assaults, and there was evidence he committed another. Farnsworth is the nephew of House Majority Leader Eddie Farnsworth, R-Gilbert. Farnsworth’s attorney, James Martin, said his client was considered the leader in the crime and the more culpable of the two.
Porter agreed to a plea deal Monday that gives Judge James Keppel the sentencing range of 24 to 29 years in prison.
Martin had represented Farnsworth in other criminal matters and he was preparing to have those convictions set aside for having successfully completed probation when the rape occurred. He said Farnsworth and Porter had been using methamphetamine and watching pornography the night before the attack.
Farnsworth’s sentencing is set for Sept. 19, but Martin said that since he has already agreed to a 30-year-sentence, he is not planning on presenting much to the court except some letters and statements by Farnsworth’s family.
"I’m sure the statements will be one of support for their son and condolences for the victim," Martin said.
Martin had tried to get the case thrown out, alleging that the Gilbert Police Department conducted an illegal search of Porter’s residence when a detective used deceit to get to Porter’s threshold and look inside, revealing several things that were reportedly consistent with the girl’s description of the house.
Keppel had yet to rule when attorneys agreed in principle on the deals last week.