A Harlan man – who shot a woman eight times and struck her infant once last year in Council Bluffs – entered a plea agreement for charges of attempted murder and willful injury causing bodily injury Thursday at the Pottawattamie County Courthouse.
Ronald Farr Jr., 30, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for shooting Heather Wilson, 22, on Feb. 12, 2013. The incident took place in the parking lot outside Wilson's apartment building in Indian Hills Village, 1455 McPherson Ave. Farr will serve his jail time concurrently with a 5-year sentence for willful injury causing bodily injury. He must serve 17-and-a-half years before he is eligible for parole.
Farr was originally charged with three counts of attempted murder, two counts of willful injury causing bodily injury and one count of going armed with intent.
Wilson was putting her children – Tyson, then 19 months, and a 4-year-old – in her car at 5:40 a.m. when gunfire erupted. A neighbor heard the shots and ran out of his apartment to find Wilson lying on the ground.
“Several of the rounds went completely through her,” said Pottawattamie County Attorney Matt Wilber.
One of those rounds struck Wilson – then her infant – in the right arm.
Wilson and her child were taken to Creighton Alegent Health Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha. The mother and son eventually recovered from their injuries.
“It was really a horrific crime,” Wilber said. “The thought she's with us today is a miracle.”
Investigators said it was $6,000 from a tax return that set the shooting in motion. Council Bluffs police detectives had pieced together information from witnesses and arrested Farr at his home in Harlan.
Farr's wife, Lisa, told investigators there was a dispute with the money because the father of Wilson's children, Nathan Underwood, refused to return the money to Farr. Court records found Underwood was carrying more than $6,000 in cash. Investigators said he admitted to taking the money from Farr as a prepayment for drugs that Farr was supposed to pick up in California.
Investigators said Underwood admitted to taking the money from Farr as prepayment for drugs that Farr was supposed to pick up in California.
When asked by District Court Judge Jeffrey Larson if he had anything to say, Farr muttered something softly that could not be heard in the courtroom. Wilson and her family attended Thursday's hearing but had no comment after Farr was taken from the courtroom.