Former Hollywood private eye Anthony Pellicano and another man were sentenced to three years in prison Friday after pleading no contest to charges that they threatened a Los Angeles Times reporter in 2002.
Pellicano, 65, and Alexander Proctor, 66, were charged with threatening reporter Anita Busch, who was doing investigative research on Hollywood industry figures. Busch found a dead fish with a rose in its mouth on her car's shattered windshield along with a sign reading "Stop," according to prosecutors.
Proctor allegedly told an FBI informant that Pellicano had hired him to intimidate Busch.
Authorities then searched Pellicano's office and found information on Busch's physical description, home address and license plate number.
They also found evidence suggesting Pellicano was operating an illegal wiretapping enterprise.
Pellicano was eventually convicted on wiretapping and racketeering charges and sentenced to 15 years in prison. Proctor is also serving a 10-year sentence on an unrelated drug conviction.
Under the terms of the plea agreement, neither man will serve any additional time behind bars because their sentences are to run concurrent with their existing prison sentences.