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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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16.

Dean    

Enough already about this whining old broad.

298 days ago
17.

billybob    

And? Paula is still a stupid POS!

298 days ago
18.

CaroleP    

How many of you have used the "N" word? And If you say you never have I will call you a liar!!!!! So give it up already!!!!

298 days ago
19.

Amy    

Hope the Food Network gives her her show back and all of the other corporations reinstate her contracts and they all issue her an apology for firing her.

298 days ago
20.

CEdwards    

And the liberal press, who made a HUGE DEAL out of her alleged racist slip and then sanctimoniously refused to accept her apologies should get 1.5 years. The news media only forgives Blacks who are racist against Whites, not the other way around.

298 days ago
21.

jay    

Love how the FBI is on top of the Paula Deen case, yet nobody seems to care about the death of 1st lieutenant Louis Allen who was murdered while serving his country by one of his own soldiers. The accused was acquitted, and justice has slipped between the cracks...

297 days ago
22.

Amy    

The Food Network needs to rehire her and all of the companies that fired her need to issue an apology and reinstate her contracts with retroactive pay.

297 days ago
23.

Lili_T    

Of course anyone else who continues to hold the same beliefs will support Paula Deen. No one with any racist attitudes should be allowed to continue to make large sums of money while speaking negatively about other people. And if she remains in a prominent position with no regard, this shows what her supporters are made of!

297 days ago
24.

Suzanne Smith     

Here's another example of how low life TMZ is......who gives a **** about redneck Paula Dean....well a lot of TMZ viewers I guess.....TMZ attracts the low lifes, rednecks, haters who are miserable with their lives.....this is their audience. I don't read any of their articles or watch their show any longer. I will comment that Paula Deen is a redneck, low life and theFood Network, which do watch, stepped up whenver they got rid of her!Kudos Foodnetwork! Don't hire this redneck back

297 days ago
25.

Sid    

N word use will end when it is the first black American loses every for using it. Watch out snoop lion

297 days ago
26.

John    

The sad thing is the media outlets and media people who jumped on the PC bandwagon will never be held accountable for ruining this woman's reputation.

It would be nice if she could sue the hell out of the guilty media and their spokepersons

297 days ago
27.

Joe    

Don't mess with the rich folks, the 1%ers, or your azz will go to jail.

54 year old man rapes a 14 year old girl, she commits suicide, he gets 30 days.

297 days ago
28.

Abba    

There willl always be somebody who will try to take advantage of a situation, especially for high profile people. However, it does not belie the fact that Paula Deen is still a bigot, by her own admission.

297 days ago
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Abba    

There will always be somebody who will take advantage of a situation, especially withhigh profie people. However, it does not belie the fact that Paula Deen is still a bigot, by her own admission.

297 days ago
30.

pmbalele    

Paula looks too fat now. She better gets into Nutri-System otherwise she lose me as her audience. And I hope she does use those foul words on people.

297 days ago
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