COEUR d’ALENE — A man previously convicted of sexually abusing two children is free after the Idaho Supreme Court ruled that he was deprived of his right to a fair trial.
A jury convicted 39-year-old Robert J. Farrell-Quigle in 2018 of two counts of lewd conduct with a minor under the age of 16, a felony punishable by up to life in prison.
First District Judge John Luster sentenced Farrell-Quigle to 25 years in prison, with 12 years fixed and 13 years indeterminate.
That meant Farrell-Quigle would spend at least a dozen years behind bars before becoming eligible for parole.
But an appeal to the state’s highest court and a subsequent plea deal set Farrell-Quigle free after a little more than three years.