Richie Farmer to spend more than two years in federal prison

Frankfort, Ky. (WYMT) - Former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison Tuesday.

The former Kentucky basketball star pleaded guilty in September to two counts of misappropriating government resources while overseeing the agriculture department.

Earlier this month, federal prosecutors requested the former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner be sentenced to 27 months in prison.

Last week, Farmers attorney asked for a shorter sentence for 21 months.

He will spend 27 months in prison, and is required to pay the state $120,500 in restitution.

"I want to say to the people of that state how sorry that I am, and how much they have meant to me and thank them for all the understanding," Farmer told media when leaving federal court Tuesday, "you make bad decisions, poor judgments, and you own up to those mistakes and you move on, and that's what I would hope that the people of the state would be willing to do."

Farmer must report to prison by 1 p.m. March 18th. He has requested he serve time in a prison facility near his home in Clay County.

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