Local/Regional News
3:01 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Former Ag. Commissioner Richie Farmer Gets 27 Month Prison Sentence

A federal judge has sentenced UK unforgettable Richie Farmer to 27 months in prison for abusing his power while he was the state's ag. commissioner.

Richie Farmer received a sentence of 27 months behind bars Tuesday in Frankfort
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U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove on Tuesday also ordered Farmer to pay $120,500 in restitution at a hearing in Frankfort.

Farmer pleaded guilty in September to two counts of misappropriating government resources. Prosecutors said he hired friends and expected little or no work from them and used state employees for personal errands, including using them to build a basketball court at his home.

Before serving eight years as commissioner, Farmer was a shooting guard for the 1991-92 University of Kentucky basketball team dubbed "The Unforgettables" for their gutsy play.