Richie Farmer with his attorney after being arraigned in federal court.
LOUISVILLE, KY (AP) - Federal prosecutors want a 27-month prison sentence for former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer and for him to pay $120,500 in restitution to the state.
In a sentencing memo filed Friday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth Taylor says failing to punish Farmer's conduct will lead to it becoming "part of the culture of government."
Farmer pleaded guilty in September to two counts of misappropriating government resources while overseeing the Agriculture Department. Before becoming the two-term commissioner, Farmer was a sweet-shooting guard for the 1991-92 University of Kentucky basketball team dubbed "The Unforgettables" for their gutsy play.
U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove is scheduled to sentence Farmer on Jan. 14 in federal court in Frankfort.
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