Michigan GOP activist convicted of extortion

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ESCANABA, Mich. (AP) - A member of the Michigan Republican State Committee has been convicted of extortion and using a computer to commit a crime.

WBDC-AM reports 52-year-old Doug Sedenquist was convicted Thursday of attempting to demand certain conditions in a divorce with his ex-wife. He was found not guilty of stalking.

The Escanaba man was accused of threatening to disclose alleged privacy violations in connection with her nursing job. He faces up to 20 years in prison.

Michigan Republican spokesman Darren Littell says members are discussing whether to end Sedenquist's role on the party committee. He's one of more than 100 members.

The Detroit Free Press says Sedenquist faces trial on Aug. 27 in connection with a standoff with Green Bay, Wisconsin, police in 2013. His attorney says he's suffered from depression.

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