Conviction in Wiesel accosting case


The man accused of trying to kidnap Elie Wiesel was convicted on lesser charges.

A San Francisco jury on Monday found Eric Hunt, 24, guilty of false imprisonment as well as a hate crime. His trial lasted nine days.

In February 2007, according to various reports, Hunt pulled Wiesel from a hotel elevator to interview the Nobel Prize-winning writer and Holocaust survivor and force him to deny the Holocaust.

Hunt, who had trailed Wiesel across the country, also had faced felony charges of attempted kidnapping and stalking.

His defense claimed that he was suffering from a bipolar disorder.

Hunt at his sentencing Aug. 18 faces up to three years in prison.

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