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Keenan pleads no contest to felony charge

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The Dalton woman charged with felony extortion has pleaded no contest to an amended charge of theft by extortion today in Cheyenne County District Court.

Prosecutors say 30-year-old Kristie Keenan attempted to extort money from Jason Frei of Potter, after he allegedly inappropriately touched her daughter.

Initially, Keenan was charged with a Class III felony; but under the plea deal she will be convicted of a Class IV felony and face up to 5 years in prison.

According to arrest affidavits, Keenan found about an incident where  Frei  had allegedly touched Keenan's seven-year-old daughter inappropriately, and demanded that she be financially compensated. When members from the Sheriff's office went to arrest Frei, he told them that he had paid Keenan $10,000 cash of the $20,000 that she was making him pay.

In December, Frei pled no contest to amended charges of negligent child abuse and attempted witness tampering. Prosecutors agreed to lower the original charge of sexually assaulting a child in exchange for Frei's pleas.

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