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    Ex-probation officer pleads guilty to extortion

    4:49 PM, Apr 30, 2013   |    comments
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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A former probation officer in Lee County has pleaded guilty to an extortion charge that came about as part of a wide-ranging law enforcement corruption investigation in east Arkansas.

    Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that 38-year-old Roxanne Davis of Wynne pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes.

    Davis was accused of accepting cash from a man on parole for first-degree murder. Investigators learned of the payments after they tapped the parolee's phone. She was also accused of warning the parolee, Torrence Turner, that the FBI looked into his background. Prosecutors say the warning enabled Turner to hide drug trafficking he was allegedly involved in.

    Sentencing will be set later. Davis could get up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

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