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Man Sentenced For Trying To Extort North Carolina Attorney

A district attorney says the operator of a local news website has been found guilty of extortion resulting from a 2019 incident with a North Carolina lawyer. News outlets report District Attorney Ernie Lee says Gerald Jackson Jr., the operator of “The North Carolina Beat”, was sentenced on Thursday to an active term of 11 months to 23 months. Jackson was found guilty on Tuesday. According to Lee, between Sept. 18 and Sept. 19, 2019, Jackson is alleged to have tried to extort $4,500 from a local Jacksonville attorney in exchange for not publicly disclosing personal embarrassing information about the attorney.