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Last Updated: Tuesday, 13 September 2005, 12:56 GMT 13:56 UK
Letterman handyman gets 10 years
David Letterman
Letterman did not attend any of Frank's court appearances
A man accused of plotting to kidnap David Letterman's son has been sent to jail for 10 years on lesser charges.

Kelly Frank, 43, was sent to prison for overcharging the TV talk show host for painting work at his Montana ranch.

It was part of a plea agreement that saw prosecutors dismiss more serious charges in exchange for a jail term.

Frank apologised in court for "the grief this has caused" but denied he ever intended to kidnap Mr Letterman's son Harry Joseph and the child's nanny.

Mr Letterman did not attend any of Mr Frank's court appearances.


Frank was arrested in March over an alleged plot to hold Mr Letterman's son for 48 hours and extort a $5m (2.7m) ransom.

In a plea deal reached with prosecutors in July, he pleaded guilty to theft and a charge of obstructing investigators.

In addition to the 10-year sentence, the judge in Choteau, Montana gave him six months for obstruction and five years for possessing illegally killed wildlife, all to be served concurrently.

Mr Frank was also ordered to pay Mr Letterman $1,500 (823) and the state $8,000 (4,389).

At the time of his arrest in March, the handyman was on probation in another case in which he pleaded guilty to stalking a woman who had accused him of kidnap and rape.

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