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Karen Sypher goes free after 7-year sentence for extortion, lying to federal agents

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Karen Sypher will be a free woman Friday.

Sources tell WDRB News that Sypher has been seen at her family home in Middletown over the past few weeks. The 57-year-old still must complete two years probation, but she is free to travel in the jurisdiction of federal court in the western district of Kentucky.

Sypher was convicted in 2010 of trying to extort millions in cash, cars and a house from University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino. 

She was found guilty of seven counts of extortion, lying to the FBI and retaliation against a witness. Sypher served her seven-year federal sentence at prisons in Florida and Alabama.

During the eight-day trial, a string of witnesses revealed sordid details about Sypher in her attempt to gain cars and cash from Pitino. She claims Pitino raped her in a Louisville restaurant in 2003 and forced her to have an abortion. Pitino admitted the sex was consensual. 

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