Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Ex-Kentucky basketball star sentenced to 27 months in prison

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On Tuesday, Kentucky Wildcats basketball legend Richie Farmer was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison after he was found guilty of spending public funds on himself, his family, and his friends, while serving as agriculture commissioner in the state of Kentucky from 2004-11.

Farmer's defense team pleaded for the minimum sentence of 21 months. However, the judge slapped the homegrown Kentuckian with the maximum sentence allowed under guidelines. Farmer received two counts of misappropriating funds and will report to prison on March 18.

As part of his sentence, Farmer will also be forced to pay $120,500 in restitution to the state.

Despite the news, a spokesman for the University of Kentucky said the school has no plans of taking down Farmer's retired number in the rafters within Rupp Arena.

Farmer, 44, first gained basketball fame when he led his high school team to a Kentucky state title in 1987. A year later, he was named "Mr. Basketball" in the Bluegrass.

From there, he starred at Kentucky, where he comprised a group known as "The Unforgettables."

Via USA Today

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