Evidence showed Joshua James Corbett stalked the Oscar-winning actress, broke into her home and had an arsenal of illegal assault weapons, ruled Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Terry A Bork.
Bork said a 911 call in which a panicked Bullock described seeing a man in her home showed Corbett was a danger. “I’m in my closet. I have a safe door,” Bullock, breathing heavily, is heard telling the dispatcher in the recording played in court. “I’m locked in the closet right now.”
Corbett was clutching a black notebook with a two-page letter to Bullock and magazine photos of the actress when he was arrested.
“He said, ‘I’m sorry. I love you Sandy’,” Los Angeles police officer Jose Bermudez testified.
A defence lawyer argued unsuccessfully to have stalking and burglary charges thrown out because Corbett was suffering from a delusion that he was married to the actress and was only trying to deliver a love letter.
“The love letter that Mr Corbett carried with him professed nothing but love and admiration,” attorney Paul Takakjian said. “There is nothing in there about harming her. The people are trying to make more of the case than there is.”
Deputy District Attorney Wendy Segall said that Corbett had appeared at Bullock’s house three nights in a row and had broken into the home in the middle of the night.
“It’s clear that he was stalking her repeatedly and maliciously,” Segall said. “There is not a more clear-cut case of stalking than this one.”