Man convicted of accosting Elie Wiesel to be released from jail

A man convicted of accosting Holocaust scholar Elie Wiesel in a San Francisco hotel will be released from jail after a judge sentenced him to two years Monday, but gave him credit for time served and good behavior. However, the judge ordered Eric Hunt, 24, to enter into ongoing psychological treatment when he returns to New Jersey and pay a $1,000 fine. He also will spend as much as 48 months on probation. During the sentencing, Hunt stood in his orange state-issued uniform to read a letter of apology to Wiesel, who was not at the hearing. In it, Hunt asked for forgiveness from the Nobel Peace Prize winner, saying he had been "sucked into anti-Semitic conspiracy theories on the Internet" but that he does not deny the Holocaust. "I'm tremendously sorry my mental problems infringed on your life," Hunt read. "I hope you can live a life free of being scared of strangers."