Man gets prison for trying to extort former football star


AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A man convicted of trying to extort money from former Ohio State University and NFL player Christopher “Beanie” Wells has been sentenced to nearly 10 years in federal prison.

Twenty-eight-year-old Franklin Conley was sentenced Monday after a jury in Akron convicted him earlier this year of extortion-related charges.

A message left with Conley’s attorney wasn’t immediately returned Tuesday.

Prosecutors say Conley and 29-year-old Patrick Griffin threatened to kill Wells and his family if they didn’t pay at least $65,000 or introduce the men to a drug supplier. The men claimed they’d previously paid Wells and his brother to set up a drug deal. Wells denied that allegation at Conley’s trial.

Griffin, a quadriplegic, pleaded guilty to similar charges and was sentenced to a year of house arrest in August.

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