Farmer sentenced to 1 year on improper campaign spending

Time to run concurrent with federal sentence

By Kristina Belcher, Published:

Former Kentucky agriculture commissioner and University of Kentucky basketball star Richie Farmer was sentenced in Franklin Circuit Court Friday to one year on charges he improperly spent  $10,500 in campaign funds.

This time will run concurrently with the 27-month sentence Farmer received in federal court Tuesday.

“Richie just wanted me to reiterate comments he made on Tuesday concerning his apology to the court, apology to the people of Kentucky and apology to his supporters,” Farmer’s attorney, Guthrie True said before the sentencing.

Farmer did not address the court.

Farmer’s sister, Rhonda Monroe, was granted two years probation in place of jail time for the same charges in November. She also can’t seek state government employment for five years.

Monroe is the former assistant executive director of the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance.

She helped Farmer file fraudulent mileage claims and receipts for reimbursement during his campaign. She also helped him respond to an audit by the registry.

Monroe and Farmer pleaded guilty in September.

“Rhonda and her family have been through quite an ordeal through the various investigations that have been widely reported,” said James Deckard, Monroe’s attorney. “The notoriety of the allegations have and will be a burden for Rhonda.

“At the end of the day, her limited role on the limited occasions was to help her brother at his requests.”

Farmer is ordered to report to prison by March 18.

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