Thu September 5, 2013
Richie Farmer to Plead Guilty in Corruption Case
Former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner and UK basketball star Richie Farmer has reached a plea deal with prosecutors in a government corruption case that would put him in prison for some two years.
Defense attorney Guthrie True filed a motion for a change of plea this morning, signaling that he has reached agreements to resolve all pending and potential criminal and ethics charges. If convicted, Farmer could have faced 10 years in prison.
Farmer was indicted earlier this year on charges related to his tenure as commissioner, including four counts of misappropriating state funds and one count of soliciting property.
Farmer became a basketball legend in Kentucky at an early age, setting records at Clay County High School. He was the guard for a University of Kentucky team dubbed "The Unforgettables" for their gutsy play.
He launched a political career that came crashing down during a bid for lieutenant governor in 2011 when complaints began to surface about his management of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.