Karen Sypher asks court to keep her out of prison - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Karen Sypher asks court to keep her out of prison

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The woman convicted of trying to extort money from University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino is asking a federal appeals court to allow her to stay out of prison while her case is being appealed.

Karen Cunagin Sypher is supposed to report to federal prison in Florida on Wednesday to begin serving more than seven years for extortion, lying to the FBI and retaliation against a witness.

Prosecutors say she sought millions in cash, cars and a house from Pitino in 2009 to stay quiet about a sexual encounter.

Sypher recently made another request for a new trial. A judge has rejected her previous attempts to win a new trial since her August conviction.

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