LOS ANGELES – The former owner of a private jet company was sentenced Wednesday to six months of home detention for secretly videotaping Michael Jackson as the singer flew with his attorney to surrender in a child-molestation investigation.
Jeffrey Borer also will have three years of probation and was ordered to pay a $10,000 fine and serve 150 hours of community service, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Shallman.
Borer's attorney, Stanley Stone, said outside court that the terms were "very fair."
Borer and co-defendant Arvel Jett Reeves admitted they installed two digital video recorders to record "a professional entertainer" and his lawyer as the pair traveled on a private jet from Las Vegas to Santa Barbara in November 2003, according to their plea agreements filed last year.
Borer owned XtraJet, the company that operated the Gulfstream jet carrying Jackson. Reeves owned Executive Aviation, which provided maintenance service for XtraJet's aircraft fleet.
Borer instructed Reeves to obtain and install the equipment and intended "to sell these recordings to the media for a large sum of money," the agreement said. Jackson was later found not guilty of the child molestation charges.
Borer and Reeves each pleaded guilty to one felony count of conspiracy. As part of the deal, federal prosecutors agreed to dismiss other charges.
Reeves was sentenced in July to eight months in prison and ordered to spend six additional months in a halfway house and pay a $1,000 fine.