Chatter: Farmer pleads guilty to federal charges; McConnell still mum on Syria

09/05/2013 09:37 AM

Richie Farmer, the former Agriculture Commissioner and University of Kentucky basketball star, has reached a plea deal with prosecutors in the federal corruption case.

The Associated Press first reported the plea deal which could land Farmer in prison for two years.

A federal grand jury indicted Farmer in April on charges related to misusing government funds and property worth $450,000 during his tenure as agriculture commissioner, which lasted from January 2004 through 2011.

The plea deal would absolve 42 ethics charges levied by the Executive Branch Ethics Commission against Farmer.

Farmer could have faced up to ten years in prison along with hefty fines per count, but the plea deal sets up the possibility for two years in prison and more than $120,000 in restitution according to the AP.

McConnell will take position on Syria in the ‘coming days’

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell has yet to take an official position on the potential military strikes on Syria.

McConnell told members of the Bowling Green Rotary Club that he is “not just instinctively opposed to military action,” as the Bowling Green Daily News first reported.

The five-term senator, who is vying for re-election, touted his support of the Afghan and Iraq wars and opposition to the Affordable Care Act while at the event.

A debate and vote on an authorization for “limited” U.S. military strikes in Syria are expected on Sept 9.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or


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