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WHITEVILLE, NC (FAYOBSERVER.COM) — An alleged extortion attempt involving Columbus County's trial court administrator has landed a Chadbourn man in jail.

Sterling Elwood Hinson, 68, of the 1300 block of Hickory Hill Road, was charged Friday with extortion on a warrant obtained by the State Bureau of Investigation, Assistant District Attorney Chris Gentry said Tuesday.

Hinson is accused of contacting R. Mitchel Tyler, the trial court administrator, "by letter and telephone and threatening to reveal information unknown to the victim," the warrant said.

Hinson sought $300,000 in the extortion attempt, the warrant said. It showed an offense date of Sept. 18.

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