Man Sentenced In Paula Deen Extortion Plot

Source: AP / theGrio

SAVANNAH, Georgia — The man accused of trying to extort $200,000 from embattled Southern celebrity chef Paula Deen has been sentenced to two years in federal prison.

Thomas George Paculis, of Newfield, New York, was sentenced Monday and the Savannah Morning News reported he also was ordered to serve a year of supervised release.

In August, the 62-year-old Paculis pleaded guilty in federal court to trying to make a deal with Deen’s attorney to sign a nondisclosure agreement after he threatened to publicly reveal damaging information about her.

Prosecutors dropped one of two charges in exchange for the plea.

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