An [artist id="1165858"]Ashanti[/artist] fan was sentenced to two years in jail Thursday for sending lewd text messages to the singer’s mother, according to The Associated Press.
Devar Hurd barraged Ashanti’s mother, Tina Douglas, with lewd messages about her daughter, including snapshots of his genitals and the Douglas family home.
“My intent was not to harm,” the 31-year-old told the court according to the AP. “I always wish the best for [Ashanti].”
Hurd was convicted of aggravated harassment and stalking in December 2009.
“We’re really so glad to have this behind us, and we feel justice has been served,” Douglas said through a spokesperson.
Hurd’s messages, which he described as jokes about how he’d one day live with Ashanti’s family, frightened Douglas so much that she hired additional security. She says she told Hurd numerous times that she did not know him and unsuccessfully asked that he leave her alone.
Still, Hurd, a native of Griffith, Indiana, did not betray a convincing enough psychiatric problem to garner psychological treatment from to the jury. However, following his conviction, doctors classified Hurd as suffering from a delusional disorder, according State Supreme Court Justice Thomas Farber, but the mental-health treatments were moot because Hurd could not find a New York residence to continue his treatment.
In response, the judge handed down the maximum sentence for Hurd’s misdemenor crimes in hopes of him receiving pyschiatric care in confinement. Still, Hurd’s prosecutors weren’t satisfied.
“Even if he believes that Ashanti was in love with him, his conduct was not that of a man wooing a woman,” said Assistant District Attorney Carolina Holderness. “He was not sending her flowers.”
Hurd has been incarcerated since his July 2009 arrest, and his time served will count toward his sentence.