Robert “Joe” Halderman, the former CBS News producer who tried to extort money from David Letterman, has been sentenced to six months in jail.
Halderman was also sentenced to five years probation and 1,000 hours of community service. He pleaded guilty in March to attempted grand larceny for trying to extort $2 million for Letterman in exchange for keeping quiet about the “Late Show” host’s affairs with members of his staff.
]]>Stephanie Birkitt, Letterman’s former assistant and Halderman’s ex-girlfriend.
Halderman could have faced up to 15 years in prison had he been convicted by a jury; the plea deal allows him to finish his jail sentence before the year is out.
It also includes an order of protection to stay away from Letterman until 2018 and an agreement that bars him from ever going public with his information about Letterman, according to the New York Daily News. If he does, he could be returned to prison for up to seven years.
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