Pitino Accuser Sypher Reports to Fla. prison

Pitino accuser Sypher reports to Fla. prison

      The woman convicted of trying to extort
money from Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino has reported to
a federal prison in Florida to begin serving an 87-month sentence.
      Prison spokeswoman Jennifer Saad said Karen Cunagin Sypher
checked into the minimum-security federal women's prison in
Marianna at 1:50 p.m. EDT on Wednesday.
      Sypher's attorneys have made repeated requests for her to remain
free while she appeals convictions on charges of extortion, lying
to the FBI and retaliation against a witness. The most recent
appeal was rejected by the U.S. Court of Appeals on Tuesday.
      Prosecutors alleged at her trial that she sought millions from
Pitino to stay quiet about a 2003 sexual encounter.
      The prison requires inmates to have a job assignment and undergo
early-morning room inspections Monday through Friday.

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