Pellicano programmer sentenced

Kevin Kachikian designed software used in wiretapping

A computer expert who designed wiretapping software used by private investigator Anthony Pellicano has been sentenced in Los Angeles to 27 months in prison.

Kevin Kachikian, 44, was allowed to remain free Monday on $100,000 bail pending an appeal.

Kachikian was convicted in May of conspiracy to commit wiretapping and possession or manufacture of a wiretapping device. He was acquitted of nine other charges.

Pellicano is serving a 15-year sentence after he was convicted of dozens of felony racketeering, conspiracy and wiretapping charges stemming from a scheme to illegally wiretap private phone conversations of celebrities, attorneys and others.

Prosecutors say Kachikian wrote the code for the "Telesleuth" program that recorded calls.