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Shania Twain Stalker Released After Day of Testimony and Outbursts

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Shania Twain stalker John Palumbo is now a free man and will remain free as long as he doesn’t come within a half kilometer of the famous singer. The Toronto Sun reports that Palumbo was sentenced to time served and placed on three years probation after a long trial which featured many sensational outbursts.

As reported earlier, Dr. Helen Ward testified about her evaluation of Palumbo’s mental state this afternoon. The Vancouver Sun reports that she said he has shown a pattern of behavior similar to obsessive-compulsive disorder. “[He has] an inflated sense of self-worth. It’s an ingrained pattern that Mr. Palumbo doesn’t have control over,” she said. “This is how he’s wired to deal with the world.”

Palumbo objected, shouting “I am innocent!” to the Toronto courtroom. Then he apologized. “I’m sorry about that. I know you are all superior to me mentally and physically.” At another point he laid down in the prisoner’s box.

Palumbo was arrested in March after breaking a previous restraining order. Twain testified via video in September, but has ultimately never met the man who claims the two are “meant to be.”

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