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Sugar Ray Leonard granted protection order

Boxing icon Sugar Ray Leonard has won a restraining order against an alleged stalker.
The sportsman-turned-actor claims Mark Anthony Francisco has been pestering him since 2008, when he started sending the Leonard family threatening letters.
In one note, he allegedly wrote, “I will kill you, your mother and your daughters”, while another expletive-filled message read: “You need to make a deposit to my checking account before I shoot the s**t out of your a**.”
He later received a follow-up threat which stated, “I mean what the f**k I did and said. I hate a punk a** n**ger.”
Francisco, 55, eventually stopped sending the unwanted correspondence, but reportedly resurfaced in October (15), when he made repeated phone calls to Leonard’s charity foundation, allegedly posing as the boxing legend’s cousin.
According to court documents obtained by TMZ.com, he then showed up at Leonard’s family home, where he was greeted by Leonard’s wife and daughter, who tried to convince Francisco the 59-year-old star no longer lived there.
The overzealous fan subsequently sent Leonard a new letter, stating, “I went to your old houses that you used to live in. See you soon, Mark.”
Leonard believes the man, who reportedly has a violent criminal history, is mentally unstable and dangerous, and a U.S. judge recently granted his request for a restraining order against Francisco. The accused must now stay at least 100 yards (300 feet) away from Leonard and his family.

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