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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.

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!

340 days ago
47.

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.

340 days ago
48.

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.

340 days ago
49.

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

340 days ago
50.

myopinion    

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

340 days ago
51.

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?????

340 days ago
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