Zeta-Jones Stalker Gets 'Kind' Jail Sentence

Zeta-Jones Stalker Gets 'Kind' Jail Sentence
Catherine Zeta-Jones
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updated 07/11/2005 at 09:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/11/2005 09:00AM

The woman who pleaded no contest to stalking and threatening Catherine Zeta-Jones was sentenced Friday to three years in state prison, but her time behind bars could be as scant as seven months – given credit for 600 days already served.

Superior Court Judge David Mintz also ordered Dawnette Knight, 35, to pay $200 in restitution to Zeta-Jones, who wasn't in court but in a letter read by prosecutor Debra Archuleta said that Knight "profoundly affected me in how I conduct my life," the Associated Press reports.

Calling Knight "evil," the actress told her: "Your actions will be with me the rest of my life – how I will be constantly observing, looking over my shoulder."

Zeta-Jones added: "You will never be famous, you will never be infamous, you are just a criminal."

Knight – who in one letter about Zeta-Jones wrote, "We are going to slice her up like meat on a bone and feed her to the dogs" – pleaded with Mintz for leniency and apologized to Zeta-Jones, saying: "I hope one day the victim will forgive me. I am sorry. I think about it all the time."

Lawyer Richard Herman said his client, who could have received a five-year sentence for one felony count of stalking and three felony counts of making criminal threats, received "a very kind sentence."

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