Former agriculture commissioner and University of Kentucky basketball star Richie Farmer has pleaded not guilty to charges related to his management of the state agency.
Farmer was charged with four counts of misappropriating government property and money, and one count of soliciting property in exchange for a government grant.
Farmer complied with all of the court's conditions. He will be allowed to travel in the commonwealth, but not outside of the country. Farmer's lawyer asked for a short break from the restriction so Farmer could go on vacation to Cancun next month. The request was denied.
"We knew it was pretty unlikely that he would be allow travel outside the country. That would be fairly unusual," Guthrie True, Farmer's Attorney, said.
Farmer served as agriculture commissioner from 2004 through 2011. He could face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each of the five counts.
Farmer is free until his trial, which is set for July 2.
True said they will try to push back the court date to give them more time to prepare for the trial.