On Trial

Letterman Suspect Pleads Guilty

No laughing matter: Robert Halderman, the television producer accused of attempting to extort David Letterman for $2 million, pleaded guilty to second-degree larceny on Tuesday afternoon. As part of the plea, he'll serve six months in prison, four-and-a-half years probation, and 1,000 hours of community service. Halderman tried to “sell” Letterman a script about a late-night TV host who sleeps with his female employees; at the time, Letterman was sleeping with Halderman’s live-in girlfriend, Stephanie Birkitt. Had he not pleaded, Halderman could have faced up to 15 years behind bards.