Courtroom news cameras caught the shock on hot college prospect Tony Farmer's face as Cuyahoga County Court Judge Pamela Barker gave him three years for kidnapping in the April incident. "I got three years?" the stunned 18-year-old asked his lawyer, Joe Dubyak, according to video posted on WJW Cleveland television. Barker continued with sentencing, slapping the 6-7, 220-pound star with two years for felonious assault and two years for robbery.
Convinced he was headed to prison for seven years, Farmer collapsed in a heap at his lawyer's feet, as anguished supporters cried out and fled the courtroom.
"I haven't finished yet," Barker said from the bench, as a court officer struggled to hoist the handcuffed Farmer to his feet.
"Tony, come on Tony," Dubyak said. "It's not as bad as you think it is."
After Farmer stood up, Barker announced the terms would be served concurrently and that Farmer would spend three years in prison.
Farmer, a rising senior at Garfield Heights High School, was indicted in May stemming from a fight with his ex-girlfriend, Andrea Lane, at her apartment building in Bedford Heights, southeast of Cleveland, the Plain Dealer reported.
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A court officer tried to rouse the enormous teenager.
Farmer assaulted Lane, dragged her by her hair outside the building and then took her cell phone, bank card, computer and car keys, prosecutors said.
He was also charged with intimidation for sending threatening text messages and voicemails to her, the newspaper reported.
Farmer was an all-state pick in his junior year and considered one of the top 100 recruits in the country.
Several NCAA Division I powers, including Michigan State, Illinois and Xavier, were recruiting him, according to Yahoo! Sports Rivals.com.
The judge said she would review his sentence in 180 days, according to the Plain Dealer.