Richie Farmer to appear in federal court Friday morning

jbrammer@herald-leader.comSeptember 6, 2013 

FRANKFORT — Former state Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer is to appear in federal court in Frankfort at 10 a.m. Sept. 13, where he is expected to plead guilty to two charges that he misused state resources.

U.S. District Judge Gregory F. Tatenhove scheduled the court hearing Friday, a day after Farmer's attorney, J. Guthrie True of Frankfort, said Farmer has entered into agreements with federal and state prosecutors and the Executive Branch Ethics Commission to resolve all charges against him.

Farmer initially pleaded not guilty to five federal counts but in next Friday's re-arraignment, his attorney said, he will plead guilty to two charges and is expected to receive a federal prison sentence of 21 to 27 months.

Farmer, 44, also will agree to pay restitution and an ethics fine totaling $125,000 and will receive a concurrent one-year sentence in state court, True said.

The Executive Branch Ethics Commission is expected to take up a separate settlement agreement with Farmer at its meeting Monday but details of the deal will be kept closed until after the federal court resolves the criminal charges, said commission director John Steffen.

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