Update: Hearing Set For Richie Farmer To Plead Guilty

Reported by: Tom Kenny
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Updated: 9/07/2013 12:02 am
A hearing is scheduled for Friday the 13th in federal court in Frankfort, where former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer is expected to plead guilty in his government corruption case.

He's accused of misusing state resources while serving as Agriculture Commissioner.

The federal hearing date was announced one day after Farmer's attorney said that Farmer accepted a plea deal from federal and state prosecutors as well as the Executive Branch Ethics Commission.

The Executive Branch Ethics Commission is expected to consider a separate agreement with Farmer at a meeting on Monday.

Farmer's attorney said the former Clay County High School and University of Kentucky basketball star expects to be sent to federal prison for anywhere from 21-to-27 months.

As part of the plea agreement, Farmer would receive a one-year prison sentence in state court that would run concurrently with the federal sentence, according to Farmer's attorney.

Farmer also agreed to pay ethics fines and restitution totaling $125,000, according to his lawyer.
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