- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 6, 2011

LOUISVILLE, KY. (AP) - The woman convicted of trying to extort money from Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino has reported to a federal prison in Florida to begin serving an 87-month sentence.

Prison spokeswoman Jennifer Saad said Karen Cunagin Sypher checked into the minimum-security federal women’s prison in Marianna at 1:50 p.m. EDT on Wednesday.

Sypher’s attorneys have made repeated requests for her to remain free while she appeals convictions on charges of extortion, lying to the FBI and retaliation against a witness. The most recent appeal was rejected by the U.S. Court of Appeals on Tuesday.

Prosecutors alleged at her trial that she sought millions from Pitino to stay quiet about a 2003 sexual encounter.

The prison requires inmates to have a job assignment and undergo early-morning room inspections Monday through Friday.

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