CLEVELAND, Ohio — Garfield Heights High School basketball star Tony Farmer is going to jail.
Farmer, sentenced to three years in prison this afternoon by Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Pamela for the kidnapping and assault of his ex-girlfriend.
Farmer, 18, turned to his attorney after the sentence was announced, collapsed backwards into the arms of a sheriff”s deputy and sank to the floor.
The judge said she will review the sentence after 180 days.
Attorney Joe Dubyak, who represents Farmer, had said prior to court today that he would for probation, but Assistant County Prosecutor Sanjeev Bhasker believes the judge will make Farmer spend time in prison.
Farmer was indicted by a grand jury on charges of kidnapping, felonious assault and robbery stemming from an altercation last April with his ex-girlfriend, Andrea Lane, in the lobby and parking lot of her apartment complex in Bedford Heights.
Much of the incident was caught on videotape inside the apartment building. Bhasker said that at one point, outside the building, Farmer dragged Lane by her hair.
Farmer was later charged with intimidation, as well, after he sent threatening phone and text messages to Lane.
farmer.JPGView full sizeGus Chan, The Plain DealerFormer Garfield Heights basketball star Tony Farmer, shown here in this February 2012 photo soaring toward the basket, was sentenced today to three years in prison for the kidnapping and assault against his ex-girlfriend.
Bhasker said Farmer rejected a plea agreement that would have reduced the charges against him but would have likely meant a prison term of between two to eight years.
By rejecting the deal and pleading guilty to all four counts, Dubyak is able to ask Barker to place Farmer on probation, Bhasker said,.
Bhasker said he still thinks Farmer will be sentenced to prison even though Lane, 18, and her family are expected to ask Barker for leniency.
Farmer, 18, who would be a senior this year at Garfield Heights High School, was ranked among the top 100 high school players in the country and was being sought after by many colleges.
Some of the larger schools that were pursuing Farmer are now waiting to see how the case plays out, said Garfield Heights High School basketball coach Sonny Johnson.