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Paula Deen Blackmail: Two Year Jail Sentence for Thomas Paculis

Posted by on September 18, 2013 at 6:40 AM EST

Tournament of Roses Grand Marshal Paula Deen (L) and her husband Michael Groover ride down Colorado Boulevard during the 122nd Rose Parade in Pasadena, California on January 1, 2011. UPI/Jim Ruymen

Thomas Paculis, found guilty of attempting to blackmail celebrity chef and sought-after reality show contestant Paula Deen, has been given a two-year jail sentence, to be served in Georgia.

Prosecutors say Pacuilis made contact with Deen’s lawyer, demanding $250,000 for keeping quiet about “true and damning” information about the way she (Deen) used the N-word.

After Paculis was arrested by the FBI, he was charged on two extortion counts. He also struck a deal in which he agreed to plead guilty to one count in return for the other being dropped.

And once the two years behind bars are up, the convicted blackmailer also faces a further years of supervised release with 40 hours of service to the community.

Earlier this year, 66-year-old Deen admitted using a racial slur, later insisting it was used a long time ago and in reference to a man by whom she had been robbed at gunpoint.

But the confession led to a ton of unwelcome, negative publicity for the star, who is said to have turned down “Dancing with the Stars” this summer. As well as losing a string of product endorsement deals, she was fired by the Food Network.

Photo: UPI/Jim Ruymen




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