What Sypher can expect in prison - WDRB 41 Louisville News

What Sypher can expect in prison


By Bennett Haeberle WDRB-TV Fox 41 News   bhaeberle@fox41.com

LOUISVILLE, KY (WDRB) -- Karen Cunagin Sypher has a new identity: prisoner # 10899-033.

When she arrives at a federal prison in Florida Wednesday, she'll have to quickly become accustomed to a new life and a new set of rules.

Much of that is spelled out in this 51-page Inmate Admission and Orientation Handbook.

Sypher will be required to be up at 6 a.m. and work. Her cell at the women's minimum security prison will be subject to random searches.

She will be allowed to have some personal items, including a harmonica, two cans of raquetballs and two pairs of earrings.

Sypher was enroute to the prison Tuesday.

BH: "How is she handling the idea of going to prison?

"Well the question is how would you handle it? It's not something that she's happy about," said James Faller, an investigator with her legal team.

In May of 2010, Sypher told me she was terrified of going to prison and leaving her children.

"It gives me chills," she said in a May 2010 interview with Fox 41 News.

A federal judge has denied her repeated requests for a new trial and rejected efforts to keep her free while her case is under appeal.

"We are going to the Supreme Court . There are several issues that we have problems with," said Faller.

Her legal team now says Tom Gaebler, a friend of Sypher's, is the man who made the third threatening phone call to the cell phone of UofL basketball coach Rick Pitino.

Prosecutors said another man, Lester Goetzinger, was responsible for placing the calls to the coach.

Sypher was convicted of lying to the FBI and trying to extort Pitino in exchange for her silence about their sexual encounter.




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