|Courtney Hall must complete drug treatment|
Courtney Glenn Hall
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer
A Rocky Mount man will serve three years of a six-year prison sentence for demanding money from a Virginia State Trooper.
Courtney Glenn Hall, 26, pleaded guilty in September to attempting to extort money from Trooper J.T. Harris in May.
Circuit Court Judge W.N. Alexander II ordered Hall to complete a drug treatment program during his incarceration, according to Franklin County Commonwealth's Attorney Tim Allen.
Hall was under the influence of Xanax when he attempted the extortion, Allen said. And he was given a 30-day suspended sentence in October for possession of marijuana.
Hall was also sentenced to three years probation and ordered to be of good behavior for eight years. He was ordered to have no contact with the trooper.
The maximum sentence for extortion is 10 years in prison; however, through a plea agreement, Allen agreed to cap the active time at no more than five years.
The extortion occurred on May 28, when 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, Allen said.
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 was also sentenced Monday to four years in prison for possessing a firearm after having been convicted of a felony, Allen said. Two years of that sentence were suspended.
Alexander will allow Hall to serve the two sentences concurrently, so Hall will be imprisoned for only three years.