Paula Deen’s Attempted Extortionist Gets Two Years in Prison

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It's all good news this week. Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Thomas George Paculis, the man who threatened to reveal "true and damning" information about Paula Deen if the chef didn't give him $200,000 (earlier reports put the number at $250K), was sentenced yesterday to two years in federal prison and will serve an additional year of supervised release. Paculis took a plea deal with prosecutors in August, so this sentence is presumably less than what it would have been if he'd fought the charges against him. Following this past week's rapturous reception in Texas for Deen, things are starting to turn around for the celeb chef. [USAT, Earlier]