Erin Andrews’ stalker to plead guilty on Tuesday

By Adam Silverstein
December 11, 2009

On Nov. 23, an Illinois insurance executive accused of filming former Florida Gators dazzler turned ESPN sideline reporter Erin Andrews nude in her hotel room on numerous occasions pleaded not guilty to charges of interstate stalking. Just weeks later, Michael David Barrett, 48, has agreed to plead guilty to the same charges in U.S. District Court on Tuesday, Dec. 15.

Barrett followed Andrews across the country over at least a period of nine months, calling numerous hotels in each of her stops to determine where she was staying. Federal agents say Barrett would check into a room next to her, alter the peephole device of her room and secretly shoot video of her before e-mailing it to a personal account. He shot and uploaded videos in at least three locations: Columbus, OH; Nashville, TN; and Milwaukee, WI.

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On Tuesday, Andrews will come face-to-face with Barrett in a Los Angeles, CA, courtroom when the defendant delivers his plea. “This entire process has been very difficult and trying for her and her family,” said Marshall Grossman, Andrews’ attorney. “I can’t imagine what it will be like for her to be in the same courtroom with this predator.”

An interstate stalking conviction carries a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison and a fine of $250,000, though prosecutors are expected to recommend a sentence of 27 months in prison as long as he accepts responsibility for his actions, shows remorse and stays out of trouble. However, Andrews and her attorney will be demainding a harsher sentence from the judge on Tuesday.

“Mr. Barrett accepts full responsibility for his conduct,” said Barrett’s attorney David Willingham. “He apologizes to Ms. Andrews, and expresses his deep regret for his conduct that caused her so much pain. It is his sincere hope that these events can now become an opportunity to make positive changes in his life.”

2 Comments

  1. Brittany says:

    I hope he gets the full five years and some mental help because this guy is insanely creepy and obviously disturbed.

  2. O-town Gator says:

    Good. That sleazeball deserves to do some time in the pen with mostly men to ogle.

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