Federal Prosecutors Want 27 Months in Prison For Farmer

Jan 3, 2014

Credit Ed Reinke / AP

Federal prosecutors want former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Rich Farmer to serve 27-months in prison and 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 standout University of Kentucky basketball player.

Farmer is scheduled to be sentenced January 14th.