Fri November 30, 2012
Sippola, Coss blame lawyers for prison terms
Two people from Marquette who were convicted of trying to extort money from actor John Stamos are blaming their lawyers.
Allison Coss and Scott Sippola are asking a judge to set aside their convictions and four-year prison sentences. They say the attorneys who represented them gave them bad advice and recommended they turn down a favorable plea deal.
Prosecutors have until January to respond.
In 2010, Coss and Sippola were convicted of conspiracy and using email to threaten a person's reputation. They had threatened to sell photos of Stamos with strippers and cocaine unless he paid $680,000. The FBI said the photos didn't exist.
Attorney Frank Stupak Jr. says it was Coss' decision to reject a deal. Sippola's lawyer didn't return a message seeking comment.