The charges carry a maximum sentence of 26 years in prison, but under federal sentencing guidelines, the penalty will likely be lighter. She will remain free until her sentencing Oct. 27.
“This was nothing more than a pure shakedown of Richard Pitino,” Assistant U.S. attorney Marisa Ford told jurors in closing arguments.
Sypher’s attorney James Earhart told jurors Sypher had been “villainized” during the trial. He argued that the government’s case proved that “rules don’t apply to the privileged” like Pitino, who was the star witness.