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Farmer scheduled to be sentenced on federal charges

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Former Kentucky Agriculture commissioner and UK basketball star Richie Farmer is scheduled to be sentenced today.

Farmer admitted to buying items with state money for personal use. Federal prosecutors want Farmer sentenced to 27 months in prison for stealing from a federal program.  He has agreed to pay $120,000 in restitution to the state.

Farmer reached a plea deal in September that allowed him to avoid a larger sentence. Defense attorney Guthrie True said at the time that "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. 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."

Farmer was the guard for a UK team that ended up being called "The Unforgettables." He used his fame on the court to launch a political career that saw him heading up the Kentucky Department of Agriculture for two terms.

It was during his time running to be elected lieutenant governor on a ticket with then Senate President David Williams in 2011 that complaints began to surface about his management at the Agriculture Department.

Eventually Farmer was charged with 42 ethics violations, the most charges ever filed against a single individual in the executive branch ethics commission's history.

The alleged violations included using workers on state time to take Farmer and his family to medical appointments, personal shopping trips, and hunting trips.

Farmer was also cited for using state workers and state resources to mow his lawn, build a basketball court in his back yard -- even chauffeur his dog.

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