Prison system gives Richie Farmer his uniform number

Associated PressJanuary 27, 2014 

Richie Farmer, right and lawyer Guthrie True, left U.S. District Court after sentencing in Frankfort, Ky., on Jan. 14, 2014. Farmer was sentenced to 27 months in prison after pleading guilty last year to misusing state resources during his tenure as Kentucky's agriculture commissioner. Photo by Pablo Alcala | Staff

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— The University of Kentucky may have retired Richie Farmer's number 32 jersey, but the federal Bureau of Prisons is bringing it back.

The prison system has assigned Farmer inmate number 16226-032 for use when he reports to a yet-to-be revealed prison by March 18.

The former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner is set to serve 27 months behind bars after pleading guilty to abusing his public office.

Farmer gained basketball fame as part of "The Unforgettables" — a group of Wildcats who stayed with the program through NCAA sanctions and led Kentucky back to the NCAA tournament in 1992.

Farmer's basketball jersey hangs from the rafters of Rupp Arena in Lexington. The inmate number will be worn on his prison jump suit.

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