Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Richie Farmer to move to Kentucky halfway house

(AP) — Former state agriculture commissioner and University of Kentucky basketball star Richie Farmer is scheduled to leave a federal prison in West Virginia for a halfway house in Kentucky.

Farmer is serving a 27-month sentence for misappropriating government resources while in office, including having state workers build a basketball court for him at his house. Farmer was a member of the 1991-92 University of Kentucky basketball team nicknamed "The Unforgettables."

Farmer's father says his son will go to a halfway house in Lexington on Friday.

Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesman Ed Ross confirmed Farmer is transitioning to a halfway house. Ross said Farmer will be under strict supervision but will be allowed to go out into the community to work or find a job.

Farmer is scheduled to be released in March.