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Rocky Mount man pleads guilty to extortion
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Courtney Glenn Hall

Friday, September 27, 2013

By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writers

A Rocky Mount man faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty Thursday to attempting to extort money from a Virginia State Trooper.

Courtney Glenn Hall, 26, admitted to demanding money from Trooper J.T. Harris in May.

The maximum sentence for extortion is 10 years in prison; however, through a plea agreement, Hall will serve no more than five years.

On May 28, Hall told Harris, via text messages, that he would allege to Harris' employer and family that Harris was having an inappropriate relationship with Hall's girlfriend, according to Franklin County Commonwealth's Attorney Tim Allen.

One of the text messages sent to Harris was a sexually explicit photograph of Hall's girlfriend, according to a search warrant affidavit.

When Harris reported the extortion to the state police, investigators recovered text messages from Harris' cell phone to verify the extortion. Then they obtained a search warrant for the cell phone being used by Hall.

In the text discussions, Harris agreed to pay $5,000, but Hall demanded future payments up to $50,000, according to the affidavit. The two men agreed to meet at a convenience store in Boones Mill.

At the meeting, Harris, wired with a recording device, gave the money to Hall while being observed by state police investigators, Allen said. When Hall took the cash and placed it in his pants pocket, he was arrested.

Allen noted that Harris had been friends with the woman for several years and had given her money to help with her education.

Hall's sentencing hearing is set for Dec. 2 at 3 p.m in Franklin County Circuit Court. Judge W.N. Alexander II revoked Hall's bond and sent him to jail.

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