CLEVELAND, Ohio – Tony Farmer, one of the most highly-recruited high school basketball players in Ohio, collapsed in court Tuesday after receiving a three-year prison sentence.
The 18-year-old, who was set to be a senior at Garfield Heights High School, stands 6’7” tall and weighs 220 lbs. He was named Second Team All-Ohio for the 2011-12 season by the Associated Press.
He is widely considered one of the top 100 basketball players in the class of 2013. According to Yahoo! Sports Rivals.com, he was being recruited by several major college programs including Michigan State, Illinois and Xavier.
Farmer plead guilty to charges of robbery, assault, kidnapping and intimidation of the victim related to an April incident in which he confronted his ex-girlfriend, Andrea Lane, at her home near Rockside Road.
Farmer collapsed in court as Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Pamela Barker announced his sentence. Farmer remained on the ground for a short time before being pulled to his feet by Cuyahoga County sheriff’s deputies.
According to Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason, Farmer can file for judicial release after spending 180 days in prison.
In an odd twist, the victim provided an impact statement on Farmer’s behalf prior to his sentencing. Despite Lane’s plea to keep Farmer from going to prison, Barker handed down the sentence.
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