Farmer Pleads Guilty To Corruption Charges

Sep 13, 2013

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Former University of Kentucky basketball star turned politician Richie Farmer has entered a guilty plea to government corruption charges in a deal with prosecutors.

Farmer, whose jersey hangs in the rafters of Rupp Area, faces about two years in prison for misdeeds while serving as the state's agriculture commissioner.

He appeared Friday morning in U.S. District Court in Frankfort.

Farmer pleaded guilty to two counts of theft from a program receiving federal funds and entered into an agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s office which, if approved by the Court, will require him to serve a prison sentence of 21 to 27 months. Additionally, Farmer agreed to pay $120,500 in restitution to the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Farmer did not speak to reporters outside the courtroom, but did apologize during the proceedings.  

Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove released Farmer on his own recognizance until his sentencing hearing on January 14, 2014.