MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Rosemount man has been sentenced to 13 months in prison for an extortion scheme that ended with the victim’s suicide.

Rickey Pouncil pleaded guilty to coercion in a plot to extort $500,000 from Bloomington businessman Dan Kreye. His body was found in the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge in May 2010. Kreye left a note about the extortion before taking his life with a shotgun.

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Prosecutors say they could only show that Pouncil wound up with $165,000 for his threats to reveal Kreye’s extramarital indiscretions. Two women involved in the scheme have pleaded guilty to coercion and were each sentenced to three years’ probation.

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Kreye’s widow, Susan, told the Pioneer Press Tuesday that Pouncil’s punishment was lenient compared with the strain of her husband’s death and revelations about his private life.

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