After 6 years of running, former St. Louis gallery owner going to prison

Jul 15, 2011

Brent Farris spent six years eluding U.S. authorities by moving through a host of countries.

Now, finally, Farris is going to prison.

The former St. Louis art gallery owner was sentenced to 14 months on Friday for failure to appear.

Farris originally pleaded guilty to bankruptcy fraud in July 2004, admitting that he transferred ownership of an oil painting to someone else so that person could have it auctioned and conceal the proceeds in his bankruptcy case.

But Farris fled before he could begin his 20-month sentence. The U.S. Marshals Service tracked him through 14 countries on three continents before his arrest by Italian authorities in 2009.

He was released to house arrest before he could be extradited and fled again. He was captured in Mexico in 2010.