Die Hard Director to Serve a Year in Jail


John McTiernan, well known for directing the epic movie franchise, Die Hard, was sentenced to serve a year in prison. McTiernan was convicted and sentenced in 2010, of lying to the FBI during a wiretapping case. However, he remained free on bail while he filed an appeal to overturn the sentence and conviction with the U.S. Supreme Court. The court declined to hear his case, squashing the appeal and it is expected that the judge on the case, will order a fine of $100,000 and instruct McTiernan to begin his jail time.

McTiernan, now 62, pled guilty to hiring professional investigator Anthony Pellicano to wiretap fellow film producer Chuck Roven after they worked together to film Rollerball. Yet, the sentence is for lying to the FBI, not the actual wiretapping offense. After his release from prison, the filmmaker will be expected to endure three years of supervised release. His sentence is comparatively light, considering that Pellicano is in the process of serving a 15-year prison term for 78 crimes including racketeering, conspiracy, and wiretapping while in the process of acquiring the personal records of many famous names including Sylvester Stallone. Neither McTiernan or his lawyer have released a comment in the matter.

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