December 16, 1997 in Nation/World

Man Gets Prison For Extortion Attempt

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A man was sentenced to six years and eight months in prison Monday for trying to extort $80,000 from supermodel Elle Macpherson by threatening to post nude photos of her on the Internet.

Michael Mishler also was ordered to pay nearly $115,000 in restitution.

A 15-minute videotape of Macpherson saying she was “frustrated and humiliated” by the extortion attempt was played in court before sentencing.

“The only way I can describe this experience is as a nightmare for both me and my family,” she said.

Mishler, 29, pleaded guilty on Dec. 4 to attempted extortion and first-degree burglary. Co-defendant William Ryan Holt, 26, pleaded guilty to attempted extortion and was sentenced to a year in county jail.

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