Jury reaches verdict, to announce it soon in extortion case involving basketball coach Pitino

By Brett Barrouquere, AP
Thursday, August 5, 2010

Jury to announce verdict in Pitino extortion case

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A jury deliberating the case of a Kentucky woman accused of demanding millions from Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino to keep quiet about their sexual tryst has reached a verdict.

The jury is expected to announce its decision soon.

Karen Cunagin Sypher has pleaded not guilty to extortion and other charges. The 50-year-old woman could face up to 26 years in prison if convicted, though under sentencing guidelines she would likely receive a lighter punishment.

A panel of six men and six women started deliberations Wednesday afternoon and resumed at 9:30 a.m. EDT Thursday.

Sypher did not testify in her own defense, and her attorneys rested their case without calling any witnesses. They have blamed the extortion plot on her ex-husband.

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