Keith Farnham

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Farnham in December 2009

Keith Farnham (September 22, 1947 – June 18, 2017) was an American Democratic politician. He used to be in the Illinois House of Representatives from January 6, 2009 until he resigned in March 18, 2014. He resigned after being found guilty for selling child pornography.[1]

Farnham was born in Piscataquis County, Maine. He was raised in Bangor, Maine.

In November 2008, He defeated two-term Republican Ruth Munson in the heavily-Republican 43rd representative district of the Illinois House of Representatives, winning by 322 votes. Farnham was in the Illinois House from January 2009 to March 2014.[2] The district included portions of Elgin, Carpentersville, East Dundee and South Elgin.[3]

Farnham pleaded guilty on December 5, 2014 for selling child pornography. On March 19, 2015, Farnham was sentenced to eight years in prison. U.S. District Judge Edmond E. Chang also ordered Farnham to pay a $30,000 fine.[4] He surrendered to the Federal Bureau of Prisons on May 19, 2015, to begin serving his sentence.[5][6][7]

Farnham died on June 18, 2017 from bladder cancer and hepatitis C in Granville County, North Carolina, aged 69.[8]

References[change | change source]

  1. Meisner, Jason (2014-12-05). "Ex-state Rep. Keith Farnham pleads guilty to child porn". Chicago Tribune (online ed.). Retrieved 2014-12-15.
  2. "Representative Keith Farnham (D)". Springfield, Illinois: Illinois General Assembly. Retrieved 2014-12-15.
  3. "District Profile". Illinois House Democratic Majority. Archived from the original on 2012-05-11. Retrieved 2014-12-15.
  4. Vitello, Barbara (March 19, 2015). "Farnham apologizes, gets 8 years in prison for child porn". Daily Herald (online ed.). Retrieved March 22, 2015.
  6. Danahey, Mike. "Farnham begins serving his prison term in North Carolina". Elgin Courier-News.
  7. Janssen, Kim (March 19, 2015). "Ex-State Rep. Keith Farnham gets 8 years for child porn trafficking". Chicago Sun Times. Retrieved March 22, 2015.
  8. "Ex-lawmaker Keith Farnham dies in prison serving time for child porn conviction". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved June 21, 2017.