Man found guilty of stalking gymnast Shawn Johnson
LOS ANGELES (AP) - June 11, 2010 -- A judge found a Florida man guilty of stalking Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson on Friday.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor found Robert O'Ryan guilty of felony stalking and burglary charges and two misdemeanor concealed weapons violations. The verdict came after four days of testimony and evidence.
Pastor then ruled that O'Ryan was legally insane at the time of his arrest last March. He will serve his sentence in a state mental hospital. He had faced up to four years in state prison and two years in county jail.
He did not react to Pastor's verdict. Johnson was not present. Prosecutors contended that O'Ryan harbored a dangerous obsession to meet and marry Johnson, who won an Olympic gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He was arrested last March on a studio lot where Johnson was performing on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars."
O'Ryan's attorney, Judith Greenberg, argued that O'Ryan didn't have any criminal intent and did not plan to harm Johnson.
Johnson testified on Thursday that she was scared of O'Ryan, who she had never met.
O'Ryan drove from Florida to Los Angeles in an attempt to meet Johnson.
O'Ryan had waived the right to a jury trial and pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.
He will now undergo a mental evaluation.
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