Sypher's attorneys plan to file appeal today

Louisville, KY - By Jon Chrisos - bio | email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Even though Karen Sypher was sentenced to over seven years in federal prison on Feb. 18, her legal team continues the fight to keep her free.

Sypher's attorney, David Nolan, was finishing up the paperwork for the appeal Monday and expected to file before the end of the day.

A jury convicted Sypher in August of 2010 of trying to extort money, cars, and gifts from University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino, lying to the FBI, and retaliating against a witness.

Pitino admitted the two had sex at a Louisville restaurant in 2003, but said it was consensual.

On Friday, Sypher said she was "fighting until the end."

Legal expert Brian Butler says the appeals process is a long one, and once an appeal is filed, it could be a year or more before a ruling is made.

Sypher may be able to remain free until that process is complete or she could be ordered to report to prison in the next few weeks.

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