2012-03-14 / Maine

Extortion threat yields 18 months in jail

AUGUSTA ( AP) — A Somerville man who tried to extort $2,000 from an Augusta couple whose home he broke into has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Jake Pilsbury was sentenced Tuesday after pleaded guilty last week to three burglaries, theft by extortion, theft by deception and theft by unauthorized taking or transfer.

Pilsbury also was ordered to pay nearly $9,000 restitution.

The Kennebec Journal reports Pilsbury apologized in court and his attorney said the offenses were driven by drugs and a loss of a job.

Prosecutors say Pilsbury broke into the home on Oct. 29 and stole a cellphone, digital camera and several sets of keys.

He then called the home and threatened to create more trouble if the homeowner did not give him $2,000.

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