VIDEO: Ohio High School Basketball Star Tony Farmer Collapses In Courtroom
Tony Farmer, 18, a highly touted Ohio high school basketball star, was sentenced to three years in jail for kidnapping and assaulting his girlfriend by Cuyahoga County Judge Pamela Barker, who read the ruling aloud in court. In addition to three years for kidnapping, Farmer was sentenced to another two for felonious assault and two years for robbery. Believing he was going to prison for seven years, Farmer collapsed in the courtroom while his victim, Andrea Lane, who had not wanted Farmer sent to prison, wailed in the bakground, reports the Los Angeles Times.
The 6-7, 220-pound prospect had to be helped up by a court officer. After Farmer regained composure, Barker announced that the time would be served concurrently, and that he would serve no more than three years.
Farmer had been indicted in May after he was arrested for assaulting then-girlfriend Lane. He abducted her from her apartment, dragged her out of the building by her hair, and stole her cell phone, bank card, computer and car keys.
Farmer was rated as one of the top 100 high school basketball players in the country. Many Division One schools such as Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Illinois were recruiting the standout. Barker said she would review Farmer's sentence in 180 days. –Chris Camacho
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