Man to plead guilty of stalking Erin Andrews

Posted: December 11, 2009

An insurance executive agreed to plead guilty to interstate stalking after secretly making nude videos of ESPN reporter Erin Andrews, according to court documents filed yesterday and first obtained by the Associated Press.

Michael Barrett, 48, will plead guilty in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on Tuesday, said Thom Mrozek, a spokesman with the U.S. attorney's office. He could face up to 5 years in federal prison and a fine of $250,000.

Barrett is suspected of renting hotel rooms adjacent to Andrews in three cities last year, altering the peepholes and shooting videos of Andrews in two of the locations. Barrett is accused of uploading the videos to the Internet and trying to sell them to celebrity gossip site TMZ this year. Several TV networks and newspapers aired or published images of Andrews taken from the videos.

"He does accept full responsibility for his conduct," said Barrett's attorney, David Willingham. "He apologizes to Ms. Andrews. It is his hope that these events can become an opportunity to make positive changes in his life."

Tennis

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Philly File

* Maryland junior Katie O'Donnell, of Blue Bell, won the 2010 Honda Sports Award as the top field hockey player in the country. O'Donnell, the nation's leading scorer, is a three-time first-team All-America. She is from Wissahickon High School.

* The Wings, of the National Lacrosse League, signed Shawn Nadelen, Drew Westervelt, Brett Moyer and Kyle Smedley.

Sport Stops

* The Justice Department is not supporting a bid to pardon Jack Johnson, the black heavyweight boxing champion who was imprisoned nearly a century ago because of his romantic ties with a white woman. The department's pardon attorney told Rep. Peter King in a letter that DOJ general policy is not to process posthumous pardon requests. Its stance does not mean the president cannot issue a pardon.

* Olympic leaders made two roster changes for the 2012 London Games: Track cycling's signature endurance race is out and tennis mixed doubles is in.

* The New York Racing Association is calling for harsh penalties for horsemen who directly or indirectly sell a horse for slaughter.

* A soccer hooligan in Serbia has been convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to 30 years in prison for a 2006 brawl that left one rival fan dead. Belgrade District Court has ruled that 24-year-old Bojan Hrvatin stabbed the victim to death during the fight that took place on a train. The judge said the attack had been planned in advance.

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