HARRISONBURG — A Staunton man was sentenced to six months in prison in Rockingham County Circuit Court on Tuesday for attempting to extort a Harrisonburg Police Department investigator.
James Lynwood Tuckson Jr., 29, entered a plea agreement that sentenced him to five years in prison, with all but six months suspended. Judge Bruce Albertson accepted the deal.
In a March 11 letter to HPD investigator Chris O’Neill, Tuckson demanded that O’Neill return $12,000 he says the investigator stole during a search of the Staunton man’s house. The search was related to another case.
Tuckson admitted to making the unfounded demand, but didn’t realize it was extortion, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Christopher Bean said.
Tuckson is being held at the Middle River Regional Jail for a previous conviction of stalking another HPD officer.