Montco man gets house arrest, probation for road rage shooting incident

Jim Melwert
September 20, 2018 - 9:23 pm
Owen Farmer

Montgomery County District Attorney's Office


UPPER GWYNEDD TOWNSHIP, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Owen Farmer, 47, has been sentenced to six months of house arrest and three-and-a-half years parole and probation for shooting into a car after a road rage incident involving his stepdaughter.

Farmer, an Army vet and former police officer in Montgomery County, got a call from his stepdaughter in February 2017 saying she was being tailed by an SUV, and that he should come outside with his gun.

When he got outside, he said the car drove on his lawn and ran over his foot. He fired three shots into the SUV — one of them hit the driver’s teenage daughter in the back, but it caused only minor injury as it had been slowed by the rear windshield and two seats.

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Prosecutor Roderick Fancher argued for prison time, but he said the victim had a change of heart.

"She came up to me and asked me to tell the judge she does not want prison," he said.

Farmer pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment in June, and felony charges were dropped.