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Avenatti sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for extortion

A tearful, repentant Michael Avenatti, the brash lawyer who once represented Stormy Daniels in lawsuits against President Donald Trump, was sentenced Thursday to 2 1/2 years in prison for trying to extort up to $25 million from Nike by threatening the company with bad publicity. Avenatti, 50, rose to prominence by sparring publicly with Trump,

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