(NEWS.com.au) — A Sydney man who tried to extort money from friends by anonymously threatening to inject their children with the AIDS virus will spend at least two-and-a-half years in jail.

Cris Anonuevo, a 43-year-old father-of-two from Quakers Hill, in Sydney’s west, pleaded guilty to 20 offences relating to anonymous letters sent to 14 families threatening to inject their children with the virus or to destroy their houses.

He demanded sums ranging from $6,000 to $105,000.

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