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Last of Pellicano co-defendants sentenced

March 9, 2009 |  3:27 pm

The last of Hollywood private eye Anthony Pellicano’s co-defendants in his criminal trials last year was sentenced today to more than two years in prison. Kevin Kachikian was the tech whiz who allegedly helped Pellicano design and create Telesleuth, the computer program prosecutors said allowed the investigator to digitally record private phone conversations for his wealthy and powerful clients.

Kachikian was sentenced to 27 months in prison, the high end of the federal sentencing guidelines, said U.S. Atty. Daniel Saunders, one of the prosecutors on the case. Prosecutors had asked that he be sentenced to 36 months in prison, Saunders said. He is scheduled to start serving his sentence a week from today.

At the end of Pellicano’s first criminal trial, jurors convicted Kachikian, 44, of two counts and acquitted him of nine. In trial, he described himself as a socially awkward child who liked tinkering with gadgets and building "Star Wars" robots and said he believed he was creating legal wiretapping software for law enforcement agencies.

In December, Pellicano was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Other co-defendants all received hefty sentences ranging from 21 months to 10 years in prison.

-- Victoria Kim