Judge sentences Pellicano to prison

Hollywood private eye gets 15 years

Anthony Pellicano's long and winding wiretapping prosecution has ended with the disgraced Hollywood investigator getting 15 years in jail.

Pellicano has been incarcerated since 2002 after a search of his Los Angeles offices turned up illegal explosives. U.S. District Judge Dale Fischer did not give the ex-sleuth credit for time served.

Pellicano's prosecution on wiretapping charges whipped up a whirl of speculation over whether major industry figures would be tainted from revelations in testimony or even dragged into the legal mire, but Pellicano remained the biggest fish snared by prosecutors. On Monday, Fischer sentenced the 64-year-old Pellicano and ordered him and two other defendants to forfeit a total of $2 million.

Pellicano was convicted of a combined 78 counts -- including wiretapping, racketeering and wire fraud charges -- in two separate trials this year. Prosecutors said Pellicano wiretapped Sylvester Stallone and others and bribed law enforcement officials to cull databases for information on people including actors Garry Shandling and Kevin Nealon.

Other industryites drawn into the legal web of the Pellicano prosecution included film director John McTiernan and former Hollywood Records president Robert Pfeifer, who were among those who pleaded guilty to charges including perjury and conspiracy. Fourteen people were charged in the case; seven pleaded guilty.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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