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Man jailed for spying on Jackson
Michael Jackson
Jackson was cleared of all charges
A man who bugged a jet used by singer Michael Jackson, intending to make recordings to sell to the media, has been sentenced to eight months in jail.

Arvel Jett Reeves admitted installing two digital video recorders before the star flew to California in 2003 to be arrested on child molestation charges.

Reeves was convicted of conspiracy and must also spend six months in a centre treating drug and alcohol problems.

Sentencing on a second man who admitted the charge was delayed for two months.

Judge A Howard Matz allowed Jeffrey Borer more time to supply a background report on the health of his wife.

'Large sum of money'

Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles agreed that two other charges against each man - which dealt with trying to intercept conversations and witness tampering - should be dismissed.

Reeves owned a company which helped to maintain a fleet of aircraft owned by Borer.

The legal agreement stated that Reeves bought video and audio equipment and secretly installed it in the cabin of the plane to be used by Jackson.

It also claimed that Borer intended "to sell these recordings to the media for a large sum of money".

Jackson was cleared of all charges against him in June 2005 at the end of a four-month child abuse trial.


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