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Local News in Brief : Woman Sentenced for Harassing Singer

A Van Nuys Municipal Court judge quoted lyrics from a Michael Jackson song as he sentenced a woman Monday to 2 1/2 years in jail for repeatedly harassing the singer and claiming to be his wife “Billie Jean.”

Lavon A. Muhammad, 41, was found guilty last week of eight misdemeanor charges stemming from her violation of a 1986 court order that she not pose as the singer’s wife or visit his Encino home.

As he imposed the maximum allowable sentence, Judge Stephen E. O’Neil urged that Muhammad--who insisted that court officials call her Billie Jean Jackson--listen to a song on Michael Jackson’s latest album, “Bad.” The song is entitled “Leave Me Alone.”

Muhammad has never met Jackson but claims that the singer fathered her three children, Deputy City Atty. David S. Kestenbaum said.

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The prosecutor said she tried to buy a wedding gown and bill it to Jackson and had a bill for $145 in medical treatment sent to Jackson’s house. She walked up Jackson’s driveway and was arrested by Los Angeles police early this month.


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