A Chicago man who tried to blackmail New York Yankees slugger Gary Sheffield and his wife by claiming to have a video showing her having sex with R&B singer R. Kelly was sentenced Wednesday to more than two years in prison.
Derrick Mosley, 39, a self-styled minister and community activist, was sentenced to 27 months, but will get more prison time later because he was on probation for bank fraud at the time of the alleged extortion.
Mosley maintained throughout the case that he had not meant to blackmail anyone and that he had been misunderstood when he offered to provide Sheffield’s wife, DeLeon Richards-Sheffield, with personal counseling.
“I’m sorry it got to this point, given my track record with the community,” he told federal Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan.
Prosecutor Clarence Butler brushed such claims aside.
“The jury didn’t misunderstand,” Butler said. “The jury convicted him of all four counts.”