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Karen Sypher Charged In Pitino Case

In Louisville, Karen Sypher now faces federal charges in the Rick Pitino extortion case. If she's found guilty, she faces up to two years in prison for extortion and five years on the false-statement charge; and a $250,000 fine on each charge.

Her attorney says she has no counterclaims.

What is clear is this: Pitino was willing to meet with her to consider her demands and seems to have negotiated with her. From the Louisville Courier-Journal, key phrase in bold:

"Pitino said that after receiving the first two messages he met with Sypher and her husband, Tim, according to the affidavit, and asked what she wanted.

"According to the affidavit, they discussed the possibility (our
bold) of a house, cars and money. The affidavit goes on to say that Tim Sypher delivered to Pitino on March 6 a written list of demands from Karen Sypher calling for college tuition for her children, two cars of her choice, a house paid off, $3,000 cash per month and a lump-sum payment of $75,000 if Pitino leaves U of L."

Whatever may or may not have happened between these two is still unclear, but it will be discussed in court soon enough.