Halle Berry's Stalker Gets Jail Sentence

After pleading no contest, the obsessive fan gets 386 days in the slammer.

Posted: 01/20/2012 12:02 AM EST
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Halle Berry will sleep a little easier tonight knowing that her stalker, Richard Franco, will continue to spend time behind bars. According to TMZ, Franco has been sentenced to 386 days in jail following a no contest plea to felony stalking, part of a deal he made with prosecutors to drop felony burglary charges.

Since he's already been in the slammer 193 days, that leaves another 193 to go for the man who was arrested attempting to scale the wall outside Berry's home — his third time trespassing in as many days.

Once he's sprung from prison, Franco will be greeted with five years of probation and a mandatory one year in psychological counseling. He also won't be climbing Halle's walls anytime in the next decade — the judge extended Berry's restraining order against the obsessive fan for 10 years.

UPDATE: Halle may have exhaled too soon. The L.A. County District Attorney's Office just released a statement claiming Franco will not serve any additional jail time, despite only completing half of his sentence. The D.A. didn't specify why Franco was released, but TMZ reports it's most likely a combination of good behavior and overcrowding in L.A. jails.

Here's hoping Franco has used his time behind bars to find himself a new hobby.

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