Paris Hilton cracks the case, sorta

A guy named Darnell Riley was sentenced today to ten years in prison after pleading guilty to robbing "Girls Gone Wild" creator Joe Francis in his Bel Air home. What Riley actually did was kidnap Francis and force him to pose for an embarrassing video that was to be used to extort money from him, but those charges were dropped in a plea bargain. Mark Ebner at Hollywood, Interrupted has details, including Paris Hilton's role in breaking the case open.


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