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Courtney Glenn Hall used a picture of his own nude girlfriend to threaten the trooper’s marital and work life.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
A Rocky Mount man accused of extorting a state trooper pleaded guilty this week and could face up to five years in jail.
Courtney Glenn Hall, 26, threatened to ruin the social, marital and work life of Master Trooper Tim Harris, according to court documents filed earlier in the case. Franklin County Commonwealth Attorney Tim Allen said Hall pleaded guilty Thursday in exchange for a cap on the time he may serve in jail.
The prosecutors agreed to limit his jail time to five years, an arrangement accepted by Judge William Alexander in Franklin County Circuit Court.
Hall was arrested in May after he sent text messages to Harris, threatening to expose a relationship the married trooper purportedly had with Hall’s girlfriend. According to court documents, the threat included a picture of Hall’s nude girlfriend sent from her phone.
The complaint that started the case said Harris had known the woman for several years and gave her money to pay for her education, but the commonwealth’s attorney’s office said at the time that the longtime trooper had no other known relationship with the woman.
Allen said Harris immediately reported the threats to his superiors within Virginia State Police.
They equipped him with an audio recording device and the $5,000 Hall asked for as an initial payment. After the money was exchanged at the Shell station in Boones Mill, Allen said, special agents arrested Hall.
Allen said Hall confessed to those agents that he had extorted Harris.
After the plea Thursday, Alexander ordered Hall remanded to Franklin County Jail because of the serious nature of the offense, Allen said.
A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Dec. 2. Hall is currently facing another charge of possession of a firearm, and Allen said the December hearing could serve as sentencing for both cases if Hall is found guilty of the firearms charge.
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