Marc Lewis Gittlleman, 34, the man who tried to blackmail Tom Cruise, using stolen photos from Tom and Katie's wedding as hostage, was found guilty of interstate transportation of stolen property and was sentenced to two years probation. He also was fined $3000.
Gittleman, a computer technician, told the court he was sorry. "I brought unimaginable shame upon myself and my family," Gittleman said. "I'll be working the rest of my life to make it right." The convicted man had no prior criminal record. He is now receiving counseling for depression. Gittleman wrote a letter of apology to Cruise's attorney.
Court documents show Gittleman obtained thousands of photos from a damaged hard drive that was brought to his workplace by a photographer. Once he obtained the photos he contacted David Hans Schmidt, 47, a peddler of nude photos and sex tapes of celebrities. Gittlleman e-mailed Tom Cruise demanding $1.3 million to keep the pictures private. Cruise's representatives called authorities and they set up a sting operation to catch Gittleman and Schmidt. Schmidt pleaded guilty to transmitting threatening communications with intent to extort. Schmidt hanged himself in September. NOTHING is ever THAT bad. Sad, sad, sad, all the way around.