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Pellicano pleads no contest to threatening former L.A. Times reporter

October 23, 2009 |  3:02 pm


Hollywood private eye Anthony Pellicano and another man, accused of threatening reporter Anita Busch in 2002 to scare her off a story, pleaded no contest today to making a criminal threat.

Pellicano, 65, and Alexander Proctor, 66, were charged four years ago in the threat on Busch's life. Busch, who was then working for the Los Angeles Times, found a fish with a rose in its mouth on the broken windshield of her car along with a sign reading "Stop," court documents allege.

The windshield was punctured and made to appear like a bullet hole, prosecutors wrote in the complaint against the two men. 

In June, both men pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The case against Pellicano and Proctor was put on hold while the closely watched federal trial against Pellicano and his accomplices moved through the courts. At the conclusion of that trial in December, Pellicano was sentenced to 15 years in prison on a long list of federal wiretapping and racketeering charges. Pellicano and Proctor were transferred to state custody for their arraignment.

According the district attorney's office, they were sentenced to the maximum of three years in prison. "The state terms are to be served concurrently with their remaining federal prison sentences, prosecutors said.

--Shelby Grad and Victoria Kim

Photo: Anthony Pellicano. Los Angeles Times file.