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Former Baylor basketball player gets 18 months for RG3 extortion


A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced former Baylor basketball player Richard Khamir Hurd to 18 months in prison for trying to extort $1 million from Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III.

Judge Walter Smith sentenced Hurd to two concurrent 18-month terms and a $1,000 fine for both counts of extortion. Hurd was facing a maximum of three years for threatening to release damaging personal information about the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner.

Sitting on a courtroom bench awaiting his sentence, Hurd said he was "strangely calm."

Hurd's attorney Russ Hunt, Sr. objected to the language of the charge, claiming Hurd did not "demand" $1,000,000 but rather Hurd "thought he had something that was worth a million dollars." Judge Smith overruled that objection.

Hurd later addressed the court just before hearing his sentence, saying, "I messed up, and I'd like to apologize to my family. I've embarrassed myself and them as well."

"Mr. Hurd unfortunately did something very stupid," Hunt admitted to the judge, later saying that Hurd was not in a bad financial situation when he committed the crime.

Judge Smith said he received many letters on Hurd's behalf before his sentencing, and he read them very carefully, before deciding on 18 months of incarceration.

Hunt requested that Hurd be sent to a prison near his family in Houston. Hunt later said the judge's location request is granted 85 to 95 percent of the time.

Hurd will self-report for his sentence, which Hunt said will likely begin in three to five weeks.

Asked for a comment on his way out of the courthouse, Hurd told reporters, "The only thing I can say is happy Thanksgiving, Sic 'em, Bears. Anything else cliche that I can throw out? I think that's it."

Hurd told his attorney, "Good job, Russ," and wished everyone a "great holiday" before leaving.

Hurd pleaded guilty on Sept. 27, 2012, to threatening to injure the reputation of another person and receiving the proceeds of extortion.

Federal authorities arrested Hurd after he contacted the former Baylor star's agent and agreed to take $120,000 for the information, which has never been publicly detailed.

Griffin was the second player selected in the 2012 NFL draft, and returns to Texas Thursday when the Redskins face the Dallas Cowboys in Dallas for the annual Thanksgiving game.

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