Sypher sentencing set for 1:30 at Snyder Federal Courthouse

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - In just a few minutes, the woman convicted of trying to extort money from University of Louisville Basketball Coach Rick Pitino will be sentenced. Karen Cunagan Sypher is set to learn her fate today at 1:30 p.m. at the Gene Snyder Federal Courthouse at Sixth and Broadway.

Karen Sypher brushed past throngs of media and spectators as she entered the Gene Snyder Federal Courthouse at sixth and Broadway just after 1 p.m. Friday to be sentenced in connection with trying to extort money from UofL head basketball coach Rick Pitino. She's set to be sentenced at 1:30.

Earlier, dozens of pro-Sypher supporters gathered in front of the Gene Snyder Federal Courthouse where Sypher was set to be sentenced at 1:30 p.m. after being convicted for trying to extort money from University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino.

Security was tight outside the courthouse, with police SUVs from Homeland Security flanked by uniformed officers.

Although Sypher's attorneys have continued to file motion after motion - even filing a motion one day before her sentencing date claiming to have new evidence - in an effort to delay sentencing and get a new trial, the judge has ruled that Sypher has had enough time to make her case.

According to Stephanie Collins, the Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Kentucky, after Sypher learns her sentence, a legal process will then be set into motion.

After the sentence is handed down, Sypher could be placed in the custody of U.S. Marshals, but that happens only in rare cases. Generally, the defendants in such cases are released on bond, and ordered to voluntarily report to the assigned federal prison, which could take up to two weeks.

Collins says generally, defendants convicted of white collar crimes are released on bond. In rare instances, a judge can allow the convicted and sentenced defendant to remain free on bond until the completion of all appeals. This usually only happens when the judge believes that the verdict may be overturned.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons will assign Sypher to a prison based upon several criteria that are found in the Judgment. This contains everything pertaining to the case and the sentence recommendation.

The Judgment is then sent to Federal Bureau of Prisons for assignment to a federal facility. The Bureau of Prisons makes an effort to place the prisoner at a nearby facility, but that doesn't always happen.

We'll have the results of the sentencing right here moments after it happens right here on and WAVE 3 News.

Sypher could be sentenced to four to nine years.

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