For anyone contemplating following Halle Berry around, be warned that a man suspected of stalking the Oscar winner just received a yearlong sentence.
Richard Franco, who was accused of sneaking around Halle’s property and breaking into her home in July, reached an agreement with prosecutors that will require him to spend 386 days in jail.
However, he has already spent 193 days in jail, so that leaves as many days remaining on his sentence.
Richard, 27, pled no contest to the felony stalking charges. In exchange, the felony burglary charges against him were dropped.
That might not seem like a lot of time, but Richard is also facing five years’ probation, according to TMZ. That should give Halle some relief and assurance that Richard won’t return to his old ways once he’s released later this year.
In addition, her current restraining order against Richard, which requires him to stay 200 yards away from her, was extended to a full 10 years.
“This person has invaded and trampled upon the most fundamental sense of security I have and I am extremely frightened of him and what he might do to me and those I love,” Berry said in July.
As part of his sentence, Richard is also required to undergo a year of psychological counseling.
—Tracy L. Scott
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