NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A former butler for philanthropist Anne H. Bass is facing sentencing for trying to extort millions of dollars from her during an hours-long ordeal in which she and a companion were held hostage on her Kent estate and injected with what masked intruders claimed was a deadly virus.
Emanuel Nicolescu will be sentenced Friday in federal court in New Haven.
Authorities said three masked intruders broke into Bass' Kent home in 2007, injected Bass and her partner and refused to provide an antidote unless they turned over $8.5 million. The injected substance turned out to be harmless.
A jury found Nicolescu guilty in March of attempted extortion and other charges.
Nicolescu's lawyers say he should get a sentence of not more than 10 years. Prosecutors had not filed sentencing papers.