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Producer Who Blackmailed Letterman Pleads Guilty

NEW YORK (CN) - The former "48 Hours" producer accused of trying to extort David Letterman for $2 million in hush money pleaded guilty Tuesday in exchange for 6 months jail time.

Robert "Joe" Halderman agreed to plead guilty to grand larceny in the second degree in exchange for 6 months in jail, 5 years probation and 1,000 hours of community service, CNN reported. He was initially charged with first-degree attempted grand larceny, which carried with it 15 years in prison if convicted. Halderman pleaded not guilty to that charge in October.

Halderman admitted in a statement Tuesday that he tried to get Letterman to pay him to keep quiet about host's sexual affairs with "Late Show" staffers.

Letterman announced the plot on his show in October and acknowledged having affairs with his female staffers.

Halderman will be formally sentenced on May 4, CNN reported.

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