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A Commerce man accused of stalking actress Halle Berry pleaded no contest today, the District Attorney’s Office announced.

Deputy District Attorney Wendy Segall of the Target Crimes Division said Richard Anthony Franco, 28, pleaded to one count of stalking before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Dennis Landin.

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Franco was charged in July 2011 for allegedly showing up several times at Berry’s home in the Hollywood Hills, just above the Sunset Strip. He was arrested after she reported the presence of a possible burglar, according to police. Weho Daily reported about the incident in real time on Twitter.

Franco was immediately sentenced to five years of probation, 386 days in county jail and one-year in psychological counseling. A 10-year criminal protective order also was imposed requiring him to stay away from the actress.

Franco, who was in custody for 193 days, received credit today for the entirety of his county jail term. Therefore, he was sentenced to time served and will not serve any additional time in county jail.

One count of first-degree residential burglary was dismissed at sentencing, under the terms of a negotiated settlement.

As we previously reported, Franco was arrested outside Halle Berry’s home last year — when cops found him scaling the wall around her house, the third time he trespassed on her property in as many days.

Officers of the Los Angeles Police Department investigated the case.

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