Corruption
3:22 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Richie Farmer Reaches Plea Deal, Could Get 2 Years

Credit AP

Former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer has reached a plea deal with prosecutors in a government corruption case that would put him in prison for two years.

Farmer's political career came crashing down during a 2011 bid for lieutenant governor, when complaints began to surface about his management of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

Defense attorney Guthrie True filed a motion for a change of plea on Thursday morning, signaling that he has reached agreements to resolve all criminal and ethics charges.

If convicted, Farmer could have faced 10 years in prison for five federal charges, including the misuse of state money on gifts and putting friends who did little or no work on the commonwealth’s payroll.