Mich. pair lose appeal in John Stamos extortion

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Posted: Apr 16, 2012 11:16 AM
Mich. pair lose appeal in John Stamos extortion

A federal appeals court has upheld the convictions of a man and woman from Michigan's Upper Peninsula who were accused of trying to blackmail actor John Stamos.

A three-judge panel in Cincinnati rejected challenges to the indictment Monday as well as claims that Allison Coss and Scott Sippola should have received a break at sentencing for accepting responsibility.

They were sentenced to four years in prison in 2010 after a jury convicted them of conspiracy and using email to threaten a person's reputation. Coss and Sippola threatened to sell old photos of Stamos with strippers and cocaine to the tabloids unless he paid $680,000. The FBI said the photos didn't exist.

Enough's Enough
Walter E. Williams

Stamos met Coss in Florida in 2004 and they became friends.