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From the Associated Press:

An Australian investment banker has admitted that he chained a fake bomb to a young woman’s neck in a bizarre extortion attempt last year that ended with his arrest in the Louisville area.

Paul Douglas Peters’ lawyer pleaded guilty on his behalf in Sydney to a charge of aggravated break and enter and committing a serious indictable offense by knowingly detaining Madeleine Pulver.

Pulver was alone in her family’s Sydney mansion in August last year when the 50-year-old Peters tethered a bomb-like device around her neck. Bomb squad police took 10 hours to remove it.

Peters will appear in court on March 16 for a pre-sentencing hearing. It was not immediately clear what prison sentence he could face.

Peters was arrested at his former wife’s home in Oldham County last year.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation."