Update: Richie Farmer Enters Plea Deal In Corruption Case

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Updated: 9/05/2013 7:53 pm
Richie Farmer's attorney says the former Ag Commissioner decided to enter a plea deal after a lot of soul searching.

The U.S. Attorney's office says defendants plead guilty, because they are guilty.

Overwhelmed.  That's how Farmer's attorney described his client's mindset. 

Farmer's Attorney, Guthrie True, says the prospect of standing trial in federal and state courts plus fighting ethics charges was too much.

In a statement, True wrote:

"Even more, Richie cannot, in good conscience, put his three boys-who have already had to suffer through their parents' divorce-through the stress and trauma-which would accompany such an ordeal."

Farmer will plead guilty to two counts of misusing government money in federal court, and one count of violating state campaign finance law.

Attorney General Jack Conway called Farmer's behavior while in office disappointing.

Farmer will also admit to most of the charges from the Ethics Commission.  The Executive Director of the Ethics Commission says he's satisfied with the agreement, but surprised the announcement came out now.

"I believe he's trying to gain some sympathy for his client, but that's what attorneys do for their clients," said John Steffen, Executive Director of the Executive Branch Ethics Commission.

The Ethics Commission hasn't approved the plea deal yet.  They'll vote Monday in closed session.  John Steffen expects it to pass. 

Their deal is contingent on a judge accepting Farmer's criminal plea deal. 

Farmer is a member of the "Unforgettables," and his retired #32 jersey hangs from the rafters in Rupp.  A UK Spokesperson says they currently have no plans to remove any retired jerseys.

Farmer could serve two years in prison, and pay more than $120,000 in fines.  The next court date has not been set.  A judge must approve the deal. 
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