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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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46.

Charlotte Wolfe    

Everyone can sit back and criticize Paula Deen, but if YOU were in her shoes, how would you feel? Think about it BEFORE you post a reply.

No one can eat good ole Southern Food every meal everyday, but Paula Deen is a fine person. I am Southern and grew up on this type food. Regretfully with maturity you cannot continue to eat this everyday, but it is nice to reminisce and appreciate our heritage.

So if you don't like her, don't watch her. Just remember if it were YOU instead of her.

Paula I hope you come back stronger than ever. I have no room for jealously.

And TMZ has been a big part of this debacle.

310 days ago
47.

Pimpcessa    

Let that be a lesson to all the "would be" extortionists out there....only do it through an attorney! That way you will be doing it legally. Just ask Lisa Jackson, she ain't in prison, she got paid, and still ruined Paula's reputation....and it appears it was all perfectly legal!

310 days ago
48.

hndshaw    

The saddest part of this story is that he succeeded in his quest to destroy her. He's sentenced to 2 years for causing irrepairable damage to her reputation -- that doesn't seem fair.

310 days ago
49.

Gary K    

Can't undo the damage that Target and WalMart as well as others who piled on without any real reason or justification caused to her. Target's hypocrisy is beyond measure as they won't allow Paula Dean's merchandise yet they allow such hate filled rap CD's and material without concern.

309 days ago
50.

BILLIE    

CELEBERTIES WILL LEARN TO KEEP SOMEONE BETWEEN THEM AND RECORD ANY CONVERSATION AT THERE PLACE OF BUSINESS A CREDIBLE PERSON TO BE OVER EMPLOEES LIKE AN AGENT TO SEE AFTER YOUR PRESENSE CAN BE LIABLE TO YOU PUNK USED N-WORD TO TRY TO HURT HER. IWROTE HUFF ITS A SCAM TO GET HER MONEYYY

309 days ago
51.

myopinion    

Not surprised...There is always someone to extort money when there are allegations....with that being said, GO AWAY PAULA!!!!

309 days ago
52.

Karin Scott    

Paula Deen is nothing but a cheat and a liar who deserves NOTHING, did anyone ever read her first book about how she treated her own kids?????

309 days ago
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