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      Court upholds decision in extortion and terrorist threat trial

      The Michigan Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of a Schoolcraft County man on seven counts of extortion, one count of making a terrorist threat and one count of using a computer to commit a crime.

      Peter Charles Markham was found guilty after a jury trial earlier last year. He was sentenced to eight concurrent sentences of 75 months to 20 years in prison for the extortion and terrorist threat convictions, and 45 months to 20 years for using a computer to commit a crime.

      The appeals court did not feel that the majority of Markham's arguments held merit; however, they did agree that an error was made on the sentencing scoring. The guideline range was unchanged, so resentencing was not needed.