Woman In Pitino Extortion Case To See Jail Time.

Prison for woman convicted in Pitino extortion

By WILL GRAVES and JANET CAPPIELLO BLAKE
Associated Press
      LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – A judge has sentenced a woman convicted
of threatening to reveal a sexual tryst with basketball coach Rick
Pitino unless he paid her millions to more than seven years in
prison.
      Karen Cunagin Sypher sobbed during a hearing Friday before being
sentenced to 87 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Charles R.
Simpson III. He also ordered two years of supervised release after
she serves her prison term.
      A jury convicted Sypher in August of extortion, lying to the FBI
and retaliation against a witness. The charges carried a maximum
sentence of 26 years, but federal sentencing guidelines called for
a shorter term.
      Since being convicted, Sypher has hired new attorneys and
accused the judge, prosecutors, her former attorneys and Pitino of
taking part in a conspiracy to ensure she was found guilty.
      
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