A woman accused of stalking and threatening actress Catherine Zeta-Jones has
been sentenced to serve three years in prison.
Dawnette Knight pleaded no contest to stalking charges last year at the
end of a trial, during which the Welsh actress took the stand to testify about
her terrifying techniques.
In one terrifying letter, the accused threatened to kill Zeta-Jones, “like
John F. Kennedy,” and in another she wrote, “We are going to slice her up like
meat on a bone and feed her (Zeta-Jones) to the dogs.”
Zeta-Jones was not in court for the sentencing on Friday, but
prosecutor Debra Archuleta (corr) read Knight a letter she’d received from the
In it the Oscar winner wrote, “You have profoundly affected me in how I
conduct my life… Your actions will be with me the rest of my life–how I
will be constantly observing, looking over my shoulder.”
Knight made a tearful plea for leniency and apologised for her actions,
stating, “I hope one day the victim will forgive me. I am sorry. I think about
it all the time,” as she was sentenced in Los Angeles.
After already serving 600 days of her prison term, Knight is expected to be
released early next year.
Knight was originally charged with stalking and 24 counts of making criminal
threats between October 2003 and May 2004.
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