Former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner and University of Kentucky basketball great Richie Farmer has reportedly reached a plea deal with prosecutors that would put him in jail for about two years.
The Associated Press reports defense attorney Guthrie True has filed a motion for a change of plea. Farmer had been set to stand trial October 22 on a five-count federal indictment. Instead, a federal judge is now expected to set a date for Farmer to enter a guilty plea.
The deal also reportedly resolves 42 charges pending before the Executive Branch Ethics Commission, plus potentially more federal and state charges.
The 44-year old Farmer was indicted in federal last spring on four counts of misappropriating government property and money and one count of soliciting property in exchange for a government grant.
Farmer served two terms as Ag. Commissioner and made an unsuccessful run for Lieutenant Governor in 2011 on a ticket with former Senate President David Williams. He could have faced up to 10 years in prison on the charges.