RACINE — When Keisha Farrington allegedly struck and killed a man on July 30 while reportedly driving intoxicated, it wasn’t the first time she hit someone while drunk.
In December 2015, Farrington, now 36, was sentenced to jail time and four years’ probation after she drove drunk on July 4, 2015, with her infant in her car and struck her friend, fracturing her leg.
“I made the biggest mistake of my life getting behind the wheel of my car” after drinking, Farrington said during her 2015 sentencing.
Farrington, of the 1800 block of Roosevelt Avenue, is charged with making that mistake again, according to the criminal complaint.
On the evening of July 30, Farrington reportedly struck 64-year-old Clarence A. Ellis III at the corner of Sixth and Marquette streets. Ellis was unresponsive, not breathing and had no pulse.
When police arrived, Farrington was reportedly standing by and admitted to striking Ellis with her car. She told investigators that she had a few drinks. “Oh my God, I’m going to jail and I’ll never see my babies again,” Farrington allegedly said.
Farrington was charged with homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, third offense, and three counts of misdemeanor bail jumping.
A preliminary hearing for Farrington was postponed Wednesday after the Racine Public Defender’s Office said that after 67 attempts, they were unable to find Farrington an attorney. Securing attorneys for accused defendants has been an ongoing challenge for the Public Defender’s Office.
“I can’t represent myself today?” Farrington asked.
“Not today,” Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch responded.
As she was lead back into the Racine County Jail, friends and family of Farrington who attended the minute-long hearing motioned and said words of encouragement to Farrington. “We love you, Keisha,” one of them said.
A status conference is set for Aug. 14 at the Law Enforcement Center. As of Wednesday, Farrington remained in custody on a $100,000 cash bond, online records show.
Today's mugshots: Aug. 5
These are images of people charged with a crime in Racine County. Booking photos are provided by Racine County law enforcement officials. A defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty and convicted.
Jmontae L. Bogan
Jmontae L. Bogan, 1100 block of Frederick Street, Racine, attempt first degree intentional homicide with use of a dangerous weapon, first degree recklessly endangering safety with use of a dangerous weapon, first degree reckless injury with use of a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm by a felon.
Gerald L. Cross
Gerald L. Cross, Milwaukee, failure to provide child support.
Robert W. Martinsen
Robert W. Martinsen, 700 block of Fox Lane, Waterford, attempting to flee or elude an officer, operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, obstructing an officer.
John Allyn, 1600 block of Taylor Avenue, Racine, resisting an officer, disorderly conduct.
Jameel L. Lomack
Jameel L. Lomack, 1900 block of Mead Street, Racine, resisting an officer.
Calvin A. McGowan
Calvin A. McGowan (a.k.a. Pappy), 1200 block of Douglas Avenue, Racine, disorderly conduct.
Jessica M. Nelson
Jessica M. Nelson, 2000 block of De Koven Avenue, Racine, misdemeanor retail theft (intentionally take equal to or less than $500).
Amber R. Nicolazzi
Amber R. Nicolazzi, 3600 block of West County Highway G, Caledonia, possession of THC, possession of drug paraphernalia, misdemeanor bail jumping.
Nathan J. Romnek
Nathan J. Romnek, 2000 block of De Koven Avenue, Racine, misdemeanor battery, disorderly conduct, misdemeanor bail jumping.
John P. Torres Jr.
John P. Torres Jr., 1100 block of Grand Avenue, Racine, operate motor vehicle while revoked.