A man who admitted attempting to extort $1.3 million from Tom Cruise in exchange for stolen photos of the actor's wedding has escaped with a fine.
Computer technician Marc Gittleman, 34, had pleaded guilty in Los Angeles in September to transporting stolen property after he had offered to return the photos of Cruise and wife Katie Holmes in exchange for money.
U.S. District Judge George King fined Gittleman $3,000 and gave him two years probation after lawyers on both sides agreed a prison sentence or home detention was unnecessary.
Gittleman said in court he had "brought unimaginable shame upon myself and my family."
He added, "I'll be working the rest of my life to make it right."
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