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Rihanna Stalker

Deemed 'Credible Threat,'

Spends 277 Days in Jail

8/19/2012 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0817_rihanna_article_tmzA man convicted of stalking Rihanna spent 277 days behind bars after showing up at her L.A. home and scaring the crap out of the singer ... and now he's out and living in the same city as Rihanna ... TMZ has learned.

Zentil Vanzellas was convicted of stalking the singer back in 2010 ... after pleading no contest to allegations he was harassing the singer.

According to court records, the judge deemed Vanzellas a "credible threat" and acknowledged that Rihanna had reason to fear him.

Vanzellas -- now 26 -- was sentenced to 365 days in L.A. County Jail ... but was released in June 2011 after serving 277 days.

As part of his sentence, Vanzellas was put on 3 years probation and ordered to stay at least 500 yards away from Rihanna for 10 years!!

We spoke with Vanzellas who told us he's "sorry" for all of the trouble he caused for the singer ... and insists he will leave her alone. The question ... is it safe taking his word?

Calls to Rihanna have not been returned.

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1.

Jordan    

she is scared around this moron and chris brown who beat her to a bloody pulp she still has sex with this girl has a screw loose somewhere in that tiny little brain of hers.

707 days ago
2.

Sarah    

Who would want to stalk her??? At least stalk someone who is interesting.

707 days ago
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LDB    

Stupid bitch. Chris Brown didn't do a good enough job.

706 days ago
4.

Latch Johnson    

All that guy needed was a pap camera and he could stalk her legitimently with no repercussions.

706 days ago
5.

Susan    

Why is the news? He's been free for over a year and so far doesn't seem to have caused any trouble.

706 days ago
6.

Danielle    

And, Chris Brown who did harm her got no time in jail. Tell us again that there is no celebrity justice?

706 days ago
7.

Susan62509    

It's a proven fact throughout history that any female that enjoys exposing her body parts as much as Rihanna does, she is bound to attrack the crazies in this world.

706 days ago
8.

devilgirl    

So Chris Brown is finally going to jail??

706 days ago
9.

Poule    

How terrorising !
A gun from anywhere would do it.
I don't believe a single word he says.

706 days ago
10.

Max    

Skankitty, skank skank skank!

706 days ago
11.

Joan K    

She just is not interesting, no matter what the heck happens to her.

706 days ago
12.

Kabala    

You're not a celebrity unless you have a stalker. She should give him a muffin basket.

706 days ago
13.

LK    

who gives a **** about her she just as much as a ho as kim k if not more

706 days ago
14.

JustMe    

What's the ****ing HUGE forehead??? That thing could easily double as an airplane runway.

706 days ago
15.

flubbergast    

a repost from last year. wtf. tryna get her in them heads? so them all check and see oprah today?

706 days ago
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