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.