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Zeta-Jones stalker gets three years

July 09, 2005|From Associated Press

A woman who pleaded no contest to stalking and threatening Catherine Zeta-Jones was sentenced Friday to three years in state prison, but with credit for time served she could be imprisoned for as little as seven months.

Dawnette Knight, 35, was given credit for 600 days served. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David Mintz also ordered her to pay $200 in restitution.

Zeta-Jones, who won a 2003 supporting actress Oscar for her role in "Chicago," wasn't in court but sent a letter that was read by prosecutor Debra Archuleta.

Calling Knight "evil," the actress told her: "You have profoundly affected me in how I conduct my life.... Your actions will be with me the rest of my life -- how I will be constantly observing, looking over my shoulder."

Zeta-Jones added: "You will never be famous, you will never be infamous, you are just a criminal."

Knight pleaded with Mintz for leniency and apologized to Zeta-Jones, saying: "I hope one day the victim will forgive me. I am sorry. I think about it all the time."

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