Illegal camcording leads to prison


A Hollywood man accused of using a video camcorder to record movies has been sentenced to 84 months in federal prison.

Johnny Ray Gasca was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge Dean Pregerson after a jury found him guilty of three misdemeanor counts of copyright infringement related to his covert use of a camcorder in movie theaters.

Gasca was arrested by state authorities in September 2002 after being ejected from a private screening of "The Core." He was carrying a black leather bag containing expensive recording equipment.

Gasca subsequently fled custody for 15 months, authorities said.

"This sentence marks the conclusion of a lengthy investigation and trial involving charges of copyright infringement, witness intimidation and escape," said J. Stephen Tidwell, assistant director in charge of the FBI's Los Angeles field office.