A homeless man pleaded no contest on Tuesday to entering Jennifer Aniston’s Malibu home in August – in a plea deal that sends him to jail for a year and slaps him with the toughest possible restraining order under California law.
David Hesterbey, 49, is required to stay at least 1,000 yards from the Friends star and her home for 10 years, until Nov. 1, 2015. He has already served two months of his jail sentence.
“The law provides a protective order for up to 10 years when this particular crime is alleged,” said prosecutor Suzanne Freeman, a member of the Los Angeles District Attorney s Stalking and Threat Assessment team. Freeman said she had “no idea” what Hesterbey was thinking when he entered Aniston’s home.
The defendant, who wore a lime green jail jumpsuit, spoke softly during the brief hearing, and seemed near tears. There was no discussion of the circumstances of the case. Aniston was not at the hearing.
On Aug. 25, Hesterbey took a $250 cab ride from Santa Barbara to Malibu, stiffed the cabbie, vaulted a 9-foot fence and entered Aniston’s house on the Pacific Coast Highway, prosecutors said. Aniston’s employees told authorities Hesterbey said he was “looking for Jennifer.”
Aniston, 36, was not home at the time. She was in Chicago filming The Break Up with Vince Vaughn.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Karen J. Nudell ordered that Hesterbey receive psychological counseling while in custody.
Hesterbey’s attorney, Excel A. Sharrieff, told PEOPLE his client is neither crazy nor a burglar, and that he was only looking for a career boost from the high-profile actress.
“He was simply trying to visit Jennifer Aniston because he’s an aspiring actor,” Sharrieff said. He was not looking to steal anything, he just went in through an open door.
“We’re not saying what he did was right,” Sharrieff added. “But it wasn’t stalking.”
Without Tuesday s plea deal, Hesterbey would have remained in custody until going to trial on charges of burglary and theft (of cab fare), which carried up to six years and eight months in prison.
Attorneys said Hesterbey, a New York native, has a prior petty theft conviction, and roughly 10 aliases.