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OTRC: Paris Hilton's 'stalker' is released from jail early

Paris Hilton appears with her boyfriend Cy Waits after he is confronted by a man she calls a 'stalker' and just before they testify at burglary trial. / James Rainford is apprehended on April 27, 2011 after witnesses say he attacked Paris Hilton's boyfriend Cy Waits outside a courthouse in Van Nuys, California. The heiress and Waits had arrived to testify at a burglary trial.

James Rainford, a man Paris Hilton calls her "stalker" who was jailed after attacking her boyfriend, has been released after serving 24 days out of his 227-day sentence, OnTheRedCarpet.com has learned exclusively.

Hilton has not commented. Rainford, 36, pleaded no contest to battery in April 28. He was detained a day earlier after assaulting the heiress' boyfriend Cy Waits in front of her. Her bodyguard later tackled him (see EXCLUSIVE video) and led him away to turn him over to police.

Hilton, 30, and Waits had been on their way to testify at the trial of another man who was ultimately found guilty of attempting to break into her home.

Rainford was sentenced to 120 days in jail for the battery charge, plus an additional 107 days for violating the terms of his probation, which adds up to 227 days. He was at the time given a credit for two days of time served.

Rainford was freed on the afternoon of Friday, May 20, according to a sheriff's report obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com. Among the reasons for his early release - overcrowding, a spokesperson said.

Rainford had in January pleaded no contest to civil assault after he was arrested for trying to contact Hilton at her home in the Hollywood Hills. He was sentenced to three years of probation.

At his recent sentencing, Rainford was also ordered to stay away from Waits and was put on 36 months of unsupervised probation. His original 200 yard stay away order from Paris Hilton's house remains in effect.

Hilton discovered after his sentencing that he had also proposed to her at a shopping mall event in February (see video below).

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