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12:00 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Richie Farmer to be Sentenced This Week in Corruption Case

Former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer will find out this week how much time he’ll have to spend in prison for misappropriating government resources while in office.

Farmer pleaded guilty to two corruption-related counts in September and could spend about two years behind bars.

Federal prosecutors say that, among other things, Farmer used agriculture department employees to peform personal tasks and put friends on the department payroll who did little or no work.

Farmer is a former high school and University of Kentucky basketball star whose jersey hangs in the rafters of Rupp Arena.    He used his popularity to launch a political career, serving two terms as agriculture commissioner before running unsuccessfully for Lt. Governor in 2011.

Prosecutors are recommending 27 months in prison for Farmer; his attorney says the sentence should be no greater than 21 months.

Sentencing is scheduled for Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Frankfort.