LEXINGTON, Ky. (WHAS11)—The University of Louisville men’s basketball coach was among nearly 30 letters written to a judge before the sentencing of former Ag Commissioner Richie Farmer.
Rick Pitino was one of 29 letters written to the judge asking him to show mercy when sentencing the former Kentucky basketball star for abusing public office.
Pitino wrote about Famer, “It causes him and me great pain to see his family broke up … I think Richie will learn a great lesson from this incident.”
He also asked the judge to allow Farmer to “become a productive citizen again.”
Pitino is not the only Kentucky connection to the letters in Famer’s case. Former teammate John Pelphrey also submitted a letter on Famer’s behalf.
Farmer was sentenced to 27 months in a West Virgina Federal Prison for misusing state funds while he was in office.
The judge granted him a one week stay to allow him to watch his son play in the KHSAA Sweet 16 in the same arena he use to play for with the Wildcats, Rupp Arena.