- Associated Press - Monday, August 17, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The owner of a suburban Kansas City lawn care company has been sentenced to six years in federal prison for a $3 million extortion and money-laundering scheme.

The office for the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri said Monday that 40-year-old Shelton E. Lewis of Grandview was sentenced to six years without parole. He pleaded guilty earlier to extortion and money laundering.

Lewis is the owner of Green Results Landscape & Lawncare LLC.

The indictment said Lewis deposited checks totaling more than $3 million from the same company into bank accounts in 2012 and 2013. Lewis admitted through his plea that he threatened to injure that company’s owner as part of an extortion scheme that stemmed from a cocaine deal.

He also must forfeit about $4 million.

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