Richard Hurd (Jail photo)
WACO (November 21, 2012)--A former Baylor basketball player was sentenced Wednesday to federal prison after he earlier pleaded guilty to attempting to extort Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III.
U.S. District Judge Walter S. Smith, Jr., sentenced Richard Kahmir Hurd to serve 18 months concurrently on each of two counts, followed by one year supervised release.
Smith also assessed a total of $1,000 in fines and ordered payment of $200 in special assessments to the court.
During a brief hearing Wednesday, Hurd told Smith he had "messed up" and wanted to apologize to his family.
Hurd was formally charged with one count of interstate communications and one count of receiving the proceeds of extortion.
Hurd pleaded guilty Sept. 27 to two counts involving an attempt to blackmail the Washington Redskins rookie quarterback.
Hurd faced as much as three years in prison, probation, and could have been fined as much as $1 million on each count.
Griffin, who passed on a final year of eligibility at Baylor to enter the NFL draft, was the No. 2 overall draft choice of the Washington Redskins.
Griffin was the second player selected in the 2012 NFL draft and will return to Texas when the Redskins face the Dallas Cowboys in Dallas' annual Thanksgiving game.
Hurd, 26, was arrested in June in connection with the alleged attempt to extort "a substantial sum of money" from the Baylor Heisman Trophy winner.
He waived a preliminary hearing in magistrate's court and a hearing before a grand jury.
An affidavit submitted for the arrest warrant says on June 18, Hurd contacted a representative of an agency in St. Louis who is identified only as "B.D."
In January, Griffin selected Ben Dogra of CAA Sports as his agent, but the affidavit doesn't refer to Dogra by name.
The affidavit also doesn't identify Griffin as the target of the extortion, but authorities confirmed that he was.
Griffin was identified in federal court Wednesday as the target of the extortion.
The affidavit said Hurd told B.D. "he had derogatory information on a client of B.D., and that he intended to release that information to the media to damage or injure the reputation of B.D.'s client unless the client paid Hurd a substantial sum of money."
The agency, its attorney and B.D. agreed to pretend to go along with the demand, reached terms on an amount, and arranged to turn over the money to Hurd at a local business where the former player was given a check, the affidavit said.
An undercover FBI agent was present and arrested Hurd a short time after the transaction.
Hurd's bond was set at $25,000, but he was later released from jail without posting that amount.
Hurd was a walk-on at Baylor in 2004 and played there for four years.