Published: Aug 04, 2010 9:03 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 04, 2010 6:03 PM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A former Palm Beach County commissioner has pleaded guilty to one felony count of extortion and two misdemeanor counts of perjury and violating state open meeting laws.

Jeff Koons was sentenced to five years probation and fined $11,500. He is barred from holding public office during probation.

Koons accepted responsibility and apologized to the court and to county residents Wednesday.

Prosecutors say Koons left profanity-laced voicemail messages for the representative of property owners opposing the South Cove project. They also say he had county employees photograph the property owned by project opponents and said he would call in the code-enforcement department, even though there were no such issues.