Richie Farmer asks to delay prison report date

He wants to watch son play in state tournament

The Associated Press, Published:

Former University of Kentucky basketball star Richie Farmer has been assigned to a federal prison camp in northeastern West Virginia to serve a 27-month sentence for abusing his public office — but he wants to delay his report date by a week.

Farmer is due to report to the camp at United States Penitentiary-Hazelton by Tuesday. The Federal Bureau of Prisons runs the facility, which has 2,137 total inmates.

Farmer’s attorney asked a federal judge to bump the reporting date until March 25.

The former Kentucky agriculture commissioner said he wants to see his son play in the Kentucky State High School Basketball Tournament. The earlier report date would make that impossible.

The prison is about 290 miles northeast of Lexington, near the West Virginia-Maryland state line.

Farmer pleaded guilty in September to using state resources for his personal benefit.

Farmer gained basketball fame as part of “The Unforgettables” — a group of Wildcats who stayed with the program through NCAA sanctions and led Kentucky back to the NCAA tournament in 1992.

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  • Legion: You thiink that rape and sexual assault it prison is some kinda JOKE?

    Hey, YOU'RE the one that said "a pound of flesh in the end"!

  • I see nothing wrong with Farmer reporting a week later...after all he saved the state the money that an expensive trial would have cost the taxpayers by pleading guilty.  So why not...we will have our pound of flesh in the end?

    I don't know if any of those who are calling for his head have ever met Farmer, but I have...he isn't the sharpest tool in the shed (although, he IS a TOOL!).

    But so is dailybowelmovement!  You thiink that rape and sexual assault it prison is some kinda JOKE?  What an A-ho (pun intended)!

    dailyvowelmovement, March 14, 2014 12:36PM

    "Uhohhhh Ritchie, there are no prophylactics on the commissary list. There are hot and spicy beef logs and hemorrhoid cream on the list though.....oh, Kleenex tissues too."

     

     

  • I know a lady that didn't get to attend her Mother's funeral because she had served only 4 months of her 3 year sentence and didn't have an attorney to make the request.

  • Compassion?  It's not someone on their deathbed or a sick relative.  It's a basketball game. Trey is a sophomore.  So what happens if Clay County makes it to the tournament over the next two years.  Should the judge let Farmer out on those weeks, too? 

  • The judge didn't "cave in," he showed compassion for the family of a criminal.  Seems to me that's a characteristic that is beneficial in a judge and I'm glad he decided the way he did.

  • Yes it was an arbitrary date and it should have stayed that way but I see that the judge gave in and delayed it until the 25th. I would think it would put more pressure on the son to know his dad, the thief, is in the stands.

  • Sorry that the son has to suffer, but that's what happens to children of criminals.  Birthdays, holidays, major events are missed.  Richie Farmer can watch it on TV. 

    Make a deal.  Add 3 months to Richie Farmer's sentence in exchange for delaying the report date by a week.  If he agrees to that, then he REALLY think's it's appropriate to delay. 

  • The date Farmer was to report to prison was an arbitrary date set by a judge - there is no special significance to that date so why not begin just a few days later?  I think it would be nice for the child for his father to be with him at the Sweet 16 tourney.  Especially in this KY basketball family.  Richie's going to be punished  His family will feel shame and disappointment in him.  His kid doesn't need or deserve the added grief and emotional distress.  When the phone rings and the powers-that-be ask my opinion, I say let Richie go to jail after the boys' b-ball tournament.

  • ~~It is hard to believe that the people commenting on this article and making such derogatory remarks can be so cruel and judgmental.   Did I just hear some bones rattling?  Better check those closets.  We have all done things we aren’t proud of; maybe we just didn't get caught. As far as making fun of his features; I would be careful; never know when that will come back to bite you.  No wonder the kids of this generation are numb to what is good and has no feelings for anyone but themselves. Make a positive difference instead of kicking a man while he is down.  Remember what goes around comes around.  I pray that everyone that commented gets back what they put out.

  • Seriously "dailyvowelmovement"???  You find it necessary to ridicule people with a cleft palate or cleft lip because Richie Farmer has a mustache???  You're a disgusting specimen of humanity.

  • Seriously "dailyvowelmovement"???  You find it necessary to ridicule people with a cleft palate or cleft lip because Richie Farmer has a mustache???  You're a disgusting specimen of humanity.

  • Well, one thing is for certain. This picture has captured the expression on his face after his first visit to the shower in prision. Or, after his cellmate tells him that he really likes his mustache. :)

  • He needs to go on.  He is the one who let his son down.  He needs to see what he has done to his family.  You hurt your loved ones when you act this way.

     

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    Uhohhhh Ritchie, there are no prophylactics on the commissary list. There are hot and spicy beef logs and hemorrhoid cream on the list though.....oh, Kleenex tissues too.

     

  • What ith whith thath muthathe, doeth rithie haph a hairlip or somthin..?

  • Enough already.  Please go do your time, you big whiny baby.  

     

    As they say, "don't do the crime if you can't do the time."

  • Do the crime, do the time (on-time).

  • NO NO NO...we need to start treating these people the same way we would be treated. There is no way a judge would grant this for the average person. I feel for the child but it's not the system that let him (child) down but his father.

  • he should have thought about that before he robbed this state of thousands of dollars! I feel bad for his kid but he needs to report as scheduled in my opinion. would anyone else get this kind of favor? i would bet not!!!!!

  • For his kid's sake, I hope they let Richie delay the date he has to report to prison.  Afterall, it will only make him stay in that many days longer at the end of his sentence.