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Inmate sentenced for trying to extort money from state senator

(AP) A former state inmate is headed to a federal prison for trying to extort money from a Virginia lawmaker.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that 37-year-old Christopher John Burruss received a two-year sentence on Wednesday from U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer.

Burruss had pleaded guilty in October 2014 to threatening to injure the reputation of another.

Prosecutors say Burruss attempted to extort money, along with an affidavit, from state Sen. Thomas K. Norment Jr. The James City Republican represented Burruss in a 2010 drunken driving trial.

Burruss was convicted of driving under the influence and eluding police in New Kent County. He was sentenced to four years and three months on the state charges and completed the term in February.

Norment says he considers the matter concluded.

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