Mississippi man sentenced in attempt to extort money from Louisville Athletic Association


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LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — A man convicted of trying to extort money from the University of Louisville Athletic Association has been sentenced to two years in prison.

U.S. District Judge Joseph H. McKinley Jr. sentenced 36-year-old Thomas E. Ray of Jackson, Mississippi, on Monday. Ray was convicted in August.

Prosecutors say Ray used the alias "Melinda White" and sent an email in April 2013 to two University of Louisville employees with a threat to harm the reputation of the U of L Athletic Association and demanding $3.5 million. The incident happened soon after Louisville won the NCAA men's basketball championship.

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