Alleged Ryan Seacrest Stalker Gets Maximum Prison Sentence
Ryan Seacrest may be able to rest a little bit easier knowing that his stalker was handed down a maximum two year prison sentence.
A judge sentenced Chidi Benjamin Uzomah Jr. to a maximum sentence in state prison after pleading no contest to stalking E! and "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest, the Associated Press reports.
Uzomah Jr. also recently completed a 90-day psychiatric evaluation. In addition to his two year prison sentence, the 26-year-old has been ordered to stay at least 500 yards away from Seacrest for 10 years.
Uzomah, an Army reservist, was arrested last year when he showed up at the Entertainment Television studios in an attempt to make contact with Seacrest.
According to court filings, Uzomah was carrying a knife.
In general, stalking is a criminal activity consisting of the repeated following and harassing of another person.
Stalking is a distinctive form of criminal activity composed of a series of actions, that taken individually, might constitute legal behavior.
The motivations for stalking are many. They include the desire for contact and control, obsession, jealousy, and anger and stem from the real or imagined relationship between the victim and the stalker.
The stalker may feel intense attraction or extreme hatred. Many stalkers stop their activity when confronted by police intervention, but some do not.
The more troublesome stalker may exhibit a personality disorder, such as obsessive-compulsive behavior, which leads him to devote an inordinate amount of time to writing notes and letters to the intended target, tracking the victim's movements, or traveling in an attempt to achieve an encounter.
In this case, Uzomah entered a no contest plea for the felony stalking charge and his other two pending misdemeanor counts, for violating his court order, were dismissed.
- Seacrest's nightmare (New York Post)
- Stalking - Criminal Law (FindLaw)
- New Jersey Stalking Laws (provided by John F. Marshall)
- Criminal Law FAQ (provided by Jerrold M. Bodow, Attorney at Law, A.P.L.C.)