Former Cat Richie Farmer could get 2 years in prison in federal corruption plea

Richie Farmer

A former University of basketball star whose jersey hangs in the rafters of has reached a plea deal with prosecutors in a government corruption case that would put him in prison for some two years.

was the sweet-shooting guard for a team dubbed “The Unforgettables” for their gutsy play. He launched a political career that came crashing down during a bid for lieutenant governor in 2011 when complaints began to surface about his management of the 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 pending and potential criminal and ethics charges. If convicted, Farmer could have faced 10 years in prison.