Farmer assigned to prison in West Virginia

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Former University of Kentucky basketball star Richie Farmer has been assigned to a federal prison camp in northeastern West Virginia to serve a 27-month sentence for abusing his public office.

Farmer is due to report to the camp at United States Penitentiary-Hazelton by March 18. The Federal Bureau of Prisons runs the facility, which has 2,137 total inmates.

The prison is about 290 miles northeast of Lexington, Ky., near the West Virginia-Maryland state line.

Farmer is a former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner. He pleaded guilty in September to using state resources for his personal benefit.

Farmer gained basketball fame as part of "The Unforgettables" - a group of Wildcats who stayed with the program through NCAA sanctions and led Kentucky back to the NCAA tournament in 1992.

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