Karen Sypher

Sypher Sentenced To 87 Months In Prison

by Sheila Ash on February 18, 2011

The woman found guilty of trying to extort University of Louisville basketball coach Rick has been sentenced to seven years and three months in federal prison and two years of supervised release.

Karen Sypher was emotional as U.S. District Judge Charles Simpson read her sentence Friday and called her crime “serious because it involved serious money.”

Sypher was convicted last year of lying to the FBI, retaliating against a witness and trying to get money, cars and other items from Pitino after a tryst in 2003.

During the sentencing, Sypher’s attorney David Nolan said his client was the victim, not the victimizer. He argued for leniency, noting that Sypher had no criminal record.

Government prosecutors have asked that Sypher be taken into custody immediately.

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Sypher Sentencing Set For Friday

by Rick Howlett February 14, 2011

The convictions carry a maximum sentence of 26 years in prison, but Sypher is expected to receive a lighter punishment under federal sentencing guidelines.

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Sypher Found Guilty

by Rick Howlett August 5, 2010

The jury in the federal extorition trial of Karen Sypher has found her guilty of all six charges brought against her. The panel began deliberations in the case late this Wednesday afternoon and deliberated for about five hours over the two days.

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Jury Deliberating In Sypher Trial

by Rick Howlett August 4, 2010

Prosecutor Marisa Ford told the jury that Sypher attempted to shake down U of L basketball coach Rick Pitino by threatening to go public with details of their sexual encounter at a Louisville restaurant in 2003. Sypher’s lawyer, James Earhart, said the prosecution failed to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt, and police failed to fully investigate Sypher’s sexual assualt claims because of Pitino’s stature.

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Prosecution Rests In Sypher Trial

by Rick Howlett August 3, 2010

She’s accused of demanding millions of dollars from U of L basketball coach Rick Pitino in exchange for her silence about a sexual encounter they had in a Louisville restaurant in 2003. It’s not clear if Sypher will be called to the witness stand.

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Pitino Testifies At Sypher Trial

by Rick Howlett July 28, 2010

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino took the stand Wednesday in the federal extortion trial of Karen Sypher. He described his encounter with Sypher at a restaurant, and the events that followed.

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Prosecution Calls More Witnesses In Sypher Trial

by Rick Howlett July 27, 2010

Testimony continued Tuesday in the federal trial of Karen Sypher, who’s charged with trying to extort University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino.

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Karen Sypher Trial Underway

by Rick Howlett July 26, 2010

Opening arguments began this morning in the federal trial of Karen Sypher. Sypher has been under indictment since last year, charged with trying to extort millions of dollars from University
of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino.

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Jury Selection Begins In Sypher Trial

by Rick Howlett July 12, 2010

By Rick Howlett Jury selection is scheduled to begin today in the federal trial of Karen Sypher, who’s charged with trying to extort millions of dollars from University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino.     Sypher is accused of threatening to go public with an allegation of rape against Pitino if he did not give her […]

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Pitino Criticizes Media For Reporting Of Sex Scandal

by Rick Howlett August 26, 2009

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino is criticizing the media for its reporting of the sex scandal involving a woman accused of trying to extort him. Pitino called a press conference after recordings of a police inteview with Karen Sypher were released today in which Syhper accused Pitino of sexually assaulting her six years […]

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