The Tokyo District Court sentenced a former gangster to a suspended three-year prison term Monday for attempting to blackmail pro baseball star Kazuhiro Kiyohara and his team, the Yomiuri Giants.

According to the court, 36-year-old Tatsuya Matsumoto conspired with others and got ahold of a photograph of Kiyohara playing golf with people linked to the underworld on New Year’s Eve in 1996.

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