Former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Seeks Less Prison Time

Jan 9, 2014

Richie Farmer
Credit Kentucky News Network

The attorney for former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer is seeking a shorter prison sentence for the ex-University of Kentucky basketball star, saying any time in prison beyond 21 months serves no purpose.

In a sentencing memorandum filed Thursday, J. Guthrie True says the 27 months prosecutors are seeking is excessive and will only hurt Farmer's three sons.

Farmer pleaded guilty in September to two counts of misappropriating government resources while overseeing the Agriculture Department. Before becoming a two-term commissioner, Farmer was a sweet-shooting guard for the 1991-92 University of Kentucky basketball team dubbed "The Unforgettables" for their gutsy play.

U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove is scheduled to sentence Farmer on Tuesday in federal court in Frankfort.