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Paula Deen

Extortionist Sentenced

2 Years in Prison

9/16/2013 2:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The man who allegedly attempted to extort $250,000 from Paula Deen has just been sentenced to 2 years in prison, TMZ has learned.

As we reported, a man named Thomas Paculis contacted Deen's attorney claiming he would release "true and damning" information about the celebrity chef's n-word usage if he didn't receive a huge check. The FBI tracked Paculis down and he was subsequently arrested and charged with two counts of extortion.

Paculis struck a plea bargain with prosecutors last month, agreeing to plead guilty to one count of extortion. In exchange, prosecutors dropped the remaining count.

Paculis was sentenced today to 2 years in a Georgia prison, plus one year of supervised release and 40 hours community service. He has already been remanded into custody.

Interestingly, the court also ordered Paculis to attend substance abuse counseling. We called Paculis' attorney to find out why -- so far, no word back.

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1.

KARMA K    

Im glad that POS got jail time!

368 days ago
2.

Observer    

See.....
TMZ and others jumped the 'Racist Bandwagon' and helped ruin this person's career over LIES, and TMZ helped.
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The 'Other' person that worked for her and claimed 'racism' is 'Also' found full of it!
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TMZ... so where's your public apology??
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Disgusting what people did, jump on someone without all the facts and ruin they're career.
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FACTS FIRST people, please.
Don't fall into the 'Finger Pointing Game' when you don't even know what's going on.
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SHAME TMZ, SHAME!

368 days ago
3.

Dog And Pony    

They should have sentenced him to eating her food for two years.

368 days ago
4.

Dead account Delete at will    

Wooooo Hooooooo Go Paula!!!!!!!

368 days ago
5.

Jim    

All of her sponsors should BEG to have her come back. And I hope she tells each and every one of them to go to hell.

368 days ago
6.

oink    

YaY Paula lost Millions of $$$$$$

368 days ago
7.

Ryuga the Dragon Emperor    

Since when is extortion a crime?

368 days ago
8.

carl    

what a phoney baloney.that old bag will go on every show with that crying jag.boo boo.

368 days ago
9.

RogerB    

Fantastic, glad to see someone take up the shoot trying to rip someone off or ruin their lives because of PC BS.

368 days ago
10.

muffey    

She should be the one in prison. In England if you call someone derogatory name, your ass can be locked up. Zimmerman killed an innocent kid and was set free, this poor guy is serving 2 years for attempting to expose a pasty, ugly, bigot.

368 days ago
11.

sieben13    

I cant believe that this greasy pig is going to be back in the lime light, she is a liar and a Racist redneck. If you believe that she only used the N word 27 years ago, SHAME ON YOU .

368 days ago
12.

Missdona01    

I want the world to know I am a 50 year old Black American and believe Paula did not deserve what she got. I am glad she is back.

368 days ago
13.

Darius    

What else do people who can't forgive Paua Deen, like youf be-moustached with a
bangs/combed over across his forehead staff member wants? Sounds like they wouldn't stop short of public lynchng of Paula Deen..

368 days ago
14.

Just My Opinion    

WOW! Mel Gibson could have used Paula's lawyer.

368 days ago
15.

Dean    

Enough already about this whining old broad.

368 days ago
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