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Richie Farmer headed to halfway house after being released from prison

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Former Kentucky Ag Commissioner Richie Farmer has been released from prison.

The former UK basketball star was released from a prison in West Virginia earlier today. He was being taken to a halfway house in Lexington.

Farmer became a basketball icon at Clay County High School and later was part of a UK team that became known as "The Unforgettables" before translating his fame into a promising career in politics.

Farmer pleaded guilty to two corruption charges resulting from his two terms as Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner.

He admitted that he put friends on the public payroll who did little or no work. He also admitted to using taxpayer dollars to buy personal gifts. 

Farmer was convicted of abusing power in office, using state workers for personal chores and accepting more than $120,000 in gifts and positions for family and friends. 

Richie Farmer was sentenced to 27 months in prison. He started serving his sentence in March of 2014. 

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