AKRON, OH (AP) – A man convicted of trying to extort money from former Ohio State University and NFL player Christopher “Beanie” Wells has been sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison.
Twenty-eight-year-old Franklin Conley was sentenced Monday and convicted of extortion-related charges earlier this year.
A message left with Conley’s attorney wasn’t immediately returned Tuesday.
Prosecutors say Conley and 29-year-old Patrick Griffin threatened to kill Wells and his family if they didn’t pay at least $65,000 or introduce the men to a drug supplier. The men claimed they’d previously paid Wells and his brother to arrange a drug deal. Wells denied that allegation at Conley’s trial.
Griffin pleaded guilty to similar charges and was sentenced to a year of house arrest.
Wells played four seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. He was released in 2013.