Halle Berry's accused stalker Richard Franco released from jail
Actress Halle Berry's accused stalker Richard Anthony Franco was released on Saturday after serving 193 days in Los Angeles County jail.
The 27-year-old was booked on July 12 and was sentenced to 386 days in jail, with 193 days physically in jail and 193 days of work time/good behavior credit.
He pleaded no contest to the charges and was also sentenced to 5 years of formal probation and must undergo psychiatric treatment. There is also a 10-year protective order for Berry.
In August, Berry was granted a three-year civil restraining order against Franco. He was charged with felony stalking and burglary in July and is required to stay 100 yards from the actress and her 3-year-old daughter.
In legal documents obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com, Berry cited three incidents where Franco harassed her at her home. The actress described the second incident on July 10 where Franco had gotten into her home.
Berry described in her filing as being inside her garage, which had been converted into a salon, for ten minutes. "I decided to open up two large doors, which face and [sic] interior yard, in order to get some fresh air in," Berry said. "As I did so, I walked back toward my kitchen door in the yard to grab a Diet Coke from my refrigerator. As I opened my glass kitchen door and closed it behind me, all of a sudden I sensed someone behind me."
She added that she "turned to see the same intruder [Franco] standing less than a foot behind me, starring at me through my glass kitchen door."
Berry said she then called the police but Franco had disappeared before they arrived. Later on July 10, Berry said arrangements were made to "have fully armed security officers at my residence and on the grounds 24 hours a day."
Officials said Franco was identified as the same person who showed up to Berry's backyard.
"This person has jeopardized not only my own personal safety, but also the safety and well-being of my family," Berry said in the final lines of her filing. "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."