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Richie Farmer reaches plea deal to end corruption case

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A former University of Kentucky basketball star whose jersey hangs in the rafters of Rupp Arena has reached a plea deal with prosecutors in a government corruption case that would put him in prison for some two years.

Richie Farmer was the sweet-shooting guard for a UK team dubbed "The Unforgettables" for their gutsy play. He launched a political career that came crashing down during a bid for lieutenant governor in 2011 when complaints began to surface about his management of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

Defense attorney Guthrie True filed a motion for a change of plea on Thursday morning, signaling that he has reached agreements to resolve all pending and potential criminal and ethics charges. If convicted, Farmer could have faced 10 years in prison.


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