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Federal prison bureau confirms Richie Farmer to be released

Richie Farmer, right, and lawyer Guthrie True left U.S. District Court after sentencing in Frankfort on Jan. 14, 2014. Farmer was sentenced to 27 months in prison after pleading guilty to misusing state resources during his tenure as Kentucky’s agriculture commissioner.
Richie Farmer, right, and lawyer Guthrie True left U.S. District Court after sentencing in Frankfort on Jan. 14, 2014. Farmer was sentenced to 27 months in prison after pleading guilty to misusing state resources during his tenure as Kentucky’s agriculture commissioner. palcala@herald-leader.com

Former University of Kentucky basketball player and state agriculture commissioner Richie Farmer is expected to leave a federal prison for a halfway house, according to officials.

Farmer’s father, also named Richard Farmer, told a Lexington television station that his son will be picked up from federal prison and taken to a halfway house in Lexington Friday.

Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesman Ed Ross confirmed Farmer’s move. He will be under “strict supervision but will be allowed to go out into the community to find a job,” Associated Press reported

The younger Farmer was sentenced in 2014 to 27 months in prison for misusing state resources during his tenure as agriculture commissioner. He also was ordered to pay back $120,500 in restitution.

Farmer was scheduled to be released March 9, according to the Federal Bureau of Prison’s website.

Michael McKay: 859-231-1324, @hlpublicsafety

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