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FORMER Stilwell businessman pleads guilty to attempting to extort banker

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MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) _ A former Stilwell businessman has pleaded guilty to mailing a threatening letter in an attempt to get money from a banker.

Leonard E. Baird, 48, pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to mailing a threatening communication and receiving extortion money.

Baird was arrested in early December after he mailed a threatening letter to Stilwell banker Jim Carson, demanding $750,000 be put in a garbage bag and left near a rural church.

Baird was arrested after FBI agents observed him picking up the bag, which contained only copy paper and two $100 bills.

Baird is the oldest son of Leonard and Billie Baird, a former Oklahoma Farm Family of the Year.

After his arrest, he admitted mailing Carson the threatening letter, which threatened Carson's children.

Baird could be sentenced to up to six and-a-half years in prison, prosecutors said.

A sentencing date will be set by U.S. District Judge Frank Seay.
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