Halle Berry’s alleged stalker now has more than one legal challenge to deal with. Richard Anthony Franco pleaded not guilty to a felony stalking charge after he allegedly hopped the wall behind the star’s home earlier in the month. However, yesterday the D.A. slapped him with an additional charge: one count of residential burglary.
As expected, the 27-year-old pleaded not guilty again, but was ordered back in court on August 4. He faces up to three years in prison if convicted of stalking. Should he be convicted on the burglary charge, he will face up to another six years in prison. Franco was already on probation for misdemeanor battery.
In civil court papers Berry detailed the three incidents. "This person has invaded and trampled upon the most fundamental sense of security I have.... I am extremely frightened," she stated. She added, “He has terrorized me and my family."
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