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Shawn Johnson's Stalker Sentenced To 5 Years In Mental Hospital


Jul. 13 2010, Published 11:10 a.m. ET

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Robert Michael O'Ryan, a Florida man convicted of stalking Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Shawn Johnson -- and found to be insane at the time of the crime -- was sentenced  Tuesday to a state mental hospital  in California, has learned.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael E. Pastor said O'Ryan, 36, will be committed to Patton State Hospital for a maximum of five years.

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O'Ryan, who has been in custody since his  March 23, 2009, arrest, was given credit for 954 days served.

Johnson was a contestant on ABC's Dancing with the Stars when O'Ryan, under the delusion that he had a relationship with Johnson,  drove across the country to be near her.

O'Ryan  had  pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. 

On June 11, after a four-day non-jury trial, O'Ryan was convicted of one felony count each of stalking and commercial burglary, along with two misdemeanor counts of carrying a loaded firearm in his vehicle .

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Johnson said she was told O'Ryan had two guns, a knife and zip-ties in his car.

Two psychiatrists who examined O'Ryan while he has been jailed testified that they believed he suffered from a major mental disorder -- likely schizophrenia.

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O'Ryan suffered from hallucinations, delusions and a disorganization of thought process, forensic psychiatrist Dr. Kaushal Sharma told the judge. Those included O'Ryan's belief that he had fathered a child with Johnson -- whom he had never met -- and that her life was in jeopardy, according to the psychiatrist.



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