The sentencing of former University of Kentucky basketball player Derrick Millar in Fayette Circuit Court was delayed Friday so a sentencing alternative could be explored.
Millar took money from people for UK basketball game tickets he didn't deliver, according to prosecutors, who recommended he serve three years in prison for a felony theft by deception charge and 12 months for each of four misdemeanor theft by deception charges to which he pleaded guilty earlier this month.
Prosecutors also recommended he pay $13,500 in restitution.
Fayette Circuit Judge Kimberly Bunnell delayed sentencing so Millar could be considered for drug court, a lengthy program involving regular drug testing, individual and group therapy, court appearances, restitution and sometimes jail time.
Millar has a drug problem that led to his legal troubles, according to his attorney, Christopher Hunt.
Bunnell indicated Friday that other county officials were following the Fayette case before deciding how to handle cases they have against Millar.
Millar, who has been charged with similar offenses in at least 10 other Kentucky counties, also has pleaded guilty to theft-related charges in Fleming, Clark and Harrison counties. He has been incarcerated in the Clark County jail since September.
Hunt estimated that the total amount of money involved in the cases is $45,000.
Millar is next scheduled to appear in Fayette Circuit Court at 1 p.m. Friday. He is also set to appear in Laurel Circuit Court at 9 a.m. that day.