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Mississippi man convicted of extortion involving threats against university athletics group

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LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — A Mississippi man has been convicted of extortion in a case involving threats against the University of Louisville Athletic Association's reputation and a demand for $3.5 million.

The U.S. attorney's office for the Western District of Kentucky says 36-year-old Thomas E. Ray of Jackson, Mississippi, was convicted Wednesday after a 1 ½-day trial in U.S. District Court.

The prosecutor's office said Ray used the alias "Melinda White" and sent an email from his home on April 23, 2013, shortly after Louisville won the NCAA men's basketball championship. His email was sent to two U of L employees.

He faces up to two years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000 and a year of supervised release. He will be sentenced Nov. 3.

Louisville Athletic Director Tom Jurich said Louisville participated in the investigation and is pleased with the verdict.

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