Former Kentucky star to enter guilty pleas
by Tom Loftus, USA TODAY Sports
Kentucky basketball legend and former state Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer will plead guilty to two counts of his April federal indictment and resolve all pending — as well as anticipated — criminal and ethics charges, his attorney said Thursday in a news release.
“Richie has entered into agreements which resolve all pending and potential criminal and administrative charges,” attorney Guthrie True said in the release.
Farmer intends to plead guilty to two of the five counts in his federal indictment, True said. And if federal court and others approve the deal, Farmer will be sentenced to 21 to 27 months in federal prison and pay restitution and fines of $120,500.
Farmer played at Kentucky from 1988-89 to 1991-92, and he is a member of the school’s athletic Hall of Fame. He averaged 7.6 points in 118 career games.
Farmer was one of four senior starters on the 1991-92 team, coached by Rick Pitino, that was dubbed “The Unforgettables.” His No. 32 jersey was retired and hangs in the rafters of the school’s Rupp Arena.
True filed a motion Thursday for Farmer to be re-arraigned on his charges. He asked for that to be Sept. 12 or 13.
“Richie deeply regrets the pain which has been inflicted on his family, as well as any embarrassment he has caused the good people of Kentucky,” True said in the news release. “In part, this is why he has decided to bring an end to what would have turned into a spectacle which would have run on for months, if not years.”
True revealed in the news release that in addition to the four counts of theft and one count of soliciting a bribe in Farmer’s federal indictment, that “federal prosecutors have made clear their intention to bring a second federal indictment.” True did not say what that second indictment was about.
And True said, “In addition, the Office of the Kentucky Attorney General intends to file charges against Richie and his sister alleging state law campaign finance violations.”
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