Former officers plead guilty in extortion case

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Federal court documents show that two former law enforcement officers indicted on extortion-related counts have entered guilty pleas.

The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1GsJBbw) cited plea agreements filed in federal court last week in reporting that former Knox County Sheriff’s Office deputy Samuel T. Hardy Jr. and former Pigeon Forge police detective David Lee Joyner admitted their guilt.

The indictment accused the officers of conspiracy and attempt to commit extortion under color of official right stemming from a gambling sting set up by the FBI.

Joyner’s sentencing was set for April 17. Hardy is scheduled to be sentenced on April 20.

Four others previously pleaded guilty and await sentencing.