Sentencing Looms in Bozeman Blackmailing Case

By Beacon Staff

MISSOULA – A woman who pleaded guilty to blackmailing a prominent Bozeman developer over an alleged prostitution ring under investigation by the FBI will appear for sentencing this week in U.S. District Court in Missoula.

Shannon Michelle Clark, a 36-year-old Bozeman resident, told U.S. District Judge Justin Quackenbush that she had an affair with William Martel for four years, during which time he was financially generous, helping her pay rent and other bills.

After Martel ended the relationship in June 2008, Clark threatened to tell the FBI about the money and sex unless he gave her $10,000 a month for six months.

Clark faces up to a year in prison, an additional year of supervision, and up to $100,000 in fines when she is sentenced on Sept. 17.

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