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Stephen Lewis FARRAR





Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Robbery
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: February 25, 1986
Date of arrest: March 8, 1986
Date of birth: July 25, 1957
Victim profile: Muriel L. Bentson (female, 79)
Method of murder: Shooting
Location: Marion County, Oregon, USA
Status: Sentenced to death on March 1987. Commuted to life in prison on 1990

Stephen Lewis Farrar

Marion County - Oregon

Born: 7/25/57

Sentenced to death: 1987

Farrar was convicted of the 1986 robbery-slaying of Muriel L. Bentson, 79, of Keizer. Farrar kicked, hit, choked and shot Bentson when she returned home from an exercise class. Farrar had been living in Salem while on parole following a burglary conviction in Tillamook County.

Farrar was one of nearly two dozen Oregon Death Row inmates whose sentence was overturned by a 1989 U.S. Supreme Court decision declaring the state's capital punishment law unconstitutional.

Interesting fact: Farrar was the third person sentenced to death after Oregon's death penalty was reinstated.

Status: Life sentence.


Stephen Lewis Farrar in prison.



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