By DANNY ROBBINS
WACO, Texas — A former Baylor basketball player has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for trying to extort $1 million from Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III.
U.S. District Judge Walter Smith also ordered 26-year-old Richard Hurd pay a $1,000 fine for threatening to release unspecified damaging information about Griffin last June.
Hurd could have been sentenced to as many as three years behind bars after pleading guilty in September to two charges relating to the scam, uncovered when Griffin’s agent contacted authorities.
During a brief hearing Wednesday, Hurd told Smith that he had “messed up” and wanted to apologize to his family.
Griffin won the Heisman Trophy at Baylor last year and was the second player selected in the 2012 draft.