Florida Man Pleads Guilty to Extortion of Carbondale Businessman

James Russell of Lake Worth Florida is behind bars for the extortion of a Jackson County man. According to court records, Russell plead guilty to one count of extortion at the US District Court in Benton earlier this week after admitting to extorting a Carbondale businessman for more than 200 thousand dollars since February 2008. Russell was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison, as well as 3 years of parole. He will also be required to repay the entire $204,484.64 taken from the victim.