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Ex-Wildcat Millar pleads guilty in UK ticket scam

Former University of Kentucky basketball standout Derrick Millar pleaded guilty Thursday to five counts of theft by deception for selling people season tickets that he didn't have.

The Commonwealth's Attorney's office recommended a sentence of three years in prison for one count of felony theft by deception of more than $500, 12 months each for four counts of misdemeanor theft by deception less than $300, and restitution of $13,500. Three other counts of theft by deception were dismissed.

"I promised people some tickets," Millar told Fayette Circuit Judge Kimberly Bunnell. Sentencing for Millar will be April 23.

He was indicted in January by a Fayette County grand jury on eight felony counts of theft by deception. Prosecutors said Millar ran a scam in multiple counties in which he took money from people, promising to sell them UK basketball tickets that he knew he did not have available. The Fayette County indictment says he took amounts ranging from $1,100 to $2,400 from each of the victims from September 2008 to January 2009. Millar is accused of taking a total of $13,500.

Millar has been charged in the alleged UK ticket scam in several counties, including Bell, Floyd, Hardin and Laurel.

Millar has been accepting plea deals rather than fighting the cases in court. He has pleaded guilty to two felony counts of theft by unlawful taking in Fleming, two misdemeanor charges of criminal attempt in Clark and three counts of theft by deception in Harrison.

Millar's lawyer, Christopher Hunt, said he advised Millar to accept the plea deal Thursday.

"Derrick's been really clear that he regrets what he did," Hunt said. "He just wants to get these charges behind him and move on and find some way to get clean.

"He's had a drug problem. That's what got him in this situation."

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