Man arrested for harassing Maricopa County attorney

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A Maricopa County prosecutor fears for her life after her stalker shows up inside a courtroom where she was attending hearing.
 
According to court documents, there was a court order for him away from her.
 
67-year-old Albert Heitzmann was recently arrested for stalking that prosecutor with the Maricopa County attorney's office.
 
The prosecutor helped put Heitzmann behind bars back in 2007.
 
Police say at one point he threatened to kill the prosecutor and officers recently found a rifle in his home.
 
Maricopa Deputy County Attorney Jeannette Gallagher has prosecuted several high profile cases and has put several convicted criminals on death row.
 
But it was one conviction that did not get much attention that keeps coming back to haunt her.
 
67-year-old Albert Heitzmann was convicted of felony perjury in 2007 for lying on the witness stand during a capital murder trial.
 
Gallagher was the prosecutor in that case.
 
According to court documents, five years later Heitzmann delivered a letter to his attorney which was titled 'My Plan to Assassinate Jeannette Gallagher'.
 
Police found a gun at his house.
 
In 2013 a jury found him guilty of misconduct involving weapons.
 
He was sent to prison and given three years of probation.
 
Heitzmann was ordered not to enter any downtown Phoenix court buildings without notifying his probation officer or to go near Gallagher.
 
On two separate occasions this month Heitzmann was seen inside the courtroom where Gallagher was working.
 
An arrest warrant was issued and when officers searched his home recently, they found a rifle.
 
At his initial court appearance Heitzmann spoke up in his own defense.
 
"I ask that you release me on my own recognizance. I have 2 bachelor science degrees...retired engineer and high school math teacher. I am almost 70 years old. I'm not stupid. I did not commit these crimes. The last thing I am going to do is damage my credibility for failing to show up to court," said Heitzmann.
 
The judge denied his request and set his bond at $10,000.
 
He has now been indicted on two felony counts of stalking and one felony count of misconduct involving weapons.
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