Richie Farmer expected to leave prison for Kentucky halfway house


(WTVQ) – Richie Farmer is expected to walk out of a federal prison in West Virginia Friday.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons says the former State Agriculture Commissioner is transitioning to a halfway house in Kentucky. Farmer was sentenced to 27 months in a federal prison in January of 2014 after accepting a plea deal for misusing government resources while in office.

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Farmer played on the University of Kentucky team known as “The Unforgettables” and used his basketball stardom to move into the political arena. He won elections for Agriculture Commissioner in 2003 and 2007.

Prosecutors say during Farmer’s term in office, he spent government money on himself, his family and his friends.

As part of the deal, he is also required to repay $120,000. The Federal Bureau of Prisons says while in the halfway house, Farmer will be under strict supervision but will be allowed to go out into the community to work or find a job.

Farmer is scheduled to be released from the halfway house in March.