Last year, Michael David Barrett of Westmont, Illinois, pleaded guilty to interstate stalking of ESPN reporter Erin Andrews. Prosecutors said Barrett used a hacksaw to change the peephole on at least two different hotel-room doors in order to surreptitiously film a naked Andrews walking around her hotel rooms; later, Barrett distributed the video online. Prosecutors said Barrett also videotaped 16 other women.
Now, the Associated Press reports that the man who stalked and videotaped Erin Andrews has been sentenced by a judge to 30 months in prison, longer than the 27-month plea bargain Barrett had agreed to with prosecutors. The judge “said 30 months was the maximum he could impose under court guidelines.”
Andrews spoke Monday just after the Illinois insurance executive who acknowledged shooting videos of her naked through hotel peepholes received a 2 1/2 year federal prison sentence.
“I’m at the angry stage. I’m mad,” a tearful Andrews told reporters outside court. “Thirty months isn’t enough.” […]
Her lawyer, Marshall Grossman, said there could be more charges forthcoming in other districts involving additional women who were stalked by Barrett. He gave no specific details. […]
Barrett, who has until May 3 to surrender, was ordered to have supervised probation for three years after his release. He is prohibited from contacting Andrews, her family or friends and will not be allowed to stay in a hotel without approval of a probation officer. If he accepts employment somewhere, Andrews will be notified.
Barrett was also ordered to pay $5,000 in fines and $7,366 in restitution, but the judge said further restitution may be imposed to compensate ESPN.
Grossman said the network spent between $300,000 and $400,000 on lawyers and security guards for Andrews.