Former Kentucky star Richie Farmer sentenced to 27 months in prison

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer

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Former Kentucky guard Richie Farmer pleaded guilty in September to two counts of "misappropriating government resources." He was sentenced to more than two years in federal prison on Tuesday.

A federal judge in Frankfort, Ky., hit Farmer with his sentence after an "abuse of power" from Farmer during his time as the state's agriculture commissioner. According to the Associated Press, United States District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove also sentenced Farmer in the form a fine, a $120,500 restoration for funds and items he illegally used or allowed others to use while in office.

Farmer, whose sentence carries a maximum of 27 months, was alleged to have hired personal acquaintances for duties that did not relate to agriculture in Kentucky. This included building a basketball court at his home, according to prosecutors in the case. Prior to the scandal, he was considered by some to eventually be in the running to be governor of Kentucky.

"If you make bad decisions and poor judgments, you own up to them," Farmer said after his hearing, according to reports from the scene. His prison term begins March 18.

Farmer played for Kentucky during the late 1980s/early 1990s, averaging 7.6 points. He was part of the program as it came out of NCAA sanctions, which at the time were some of the heaviest ever levied against any basketball program.

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