Wiesel Attacker "Sucked into anti-Semitic conspiracy theories on the internet"

(IsraelNN.com) A 24-year-old stalker who attempted to kidnap Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel in a hotel room in San Francisco in February 2007 will be released from prison but has been ordered to enter outpatient psychotherapy when he returns home to New Jersey, according to the Associated Press.

The judge in the case sentenced 24-year-old Eric Hunt to two years in jail but credited him with time served for good behavior. Hunt, who will also serve 48 months on probation, read a letter of apology to Wiesel in the court room during sentencing, asking forgiveness and saying he had been "sucked into anti-Semitic conspiracy theories on the internet." He added, "I'm tremendously sorry my mental problems infringed on your life. I hope you can live a life free of being scared of strangers."

Wiesel, a survivor of the Holocaust, is the author of numerous books about the Jewish experience of the Nazi inferno, Israel and World War II.

(Hat tip: Shelley Shafran)

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