Man Who Planned to Kidnap David Letterman’s Son Released on Parole

Colin Fredericson
By Colin Fredericson
December 25, 2018Entertainment
Man Who Planned to Kidnap David Letterman’s Son Released on Parole
Presenter David Letterman speaks onstage at the 32nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center in New York City on April 7, 2017.(Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

A man in jail for plotting to kidnap the son and nanny of talk show host David Letterman has been released on parole.

According to the Montana Board of Pardons and Parole, the man, Kelly Allen Frank, was released from Montana State Prison in mid-November, Great Falls Tribune reported.

Frank worked as a painter at Letterman’s Montana ranch in March 2005 when a friend told police of his plot. The friend told police Kelly was going to seek a $5 million ransom. According to court documents, Frank said he had a key to the property and could sneak in, according to the Tribune.

According to CBS News, Frank told the friend that the nanny was part of the plot so that there would be someone to take care of Letterman’s son while he awaited ransom.

The conditions of Frank’s parole include at least six months in semi-restricted housing, wearing a GPS monitor, and not being allowed to hunt. He is also restricted from entering Montana’s Cascade County, according to the Tribune.

Frank was arrested in 2005 and sentenced to 10 years in prison on a guilty plea for poaching, embezzlement for overcharging Letterman for work, and obstructing a police investigation, according to the Tribune.

Frank escaped Montana State Prison prison in 2007 with another inmate. He was arrested six days later after reportedly walking ten miles through mountains without socks or shoes. After getting parole in 2014, he was arrested again in 2015 for violating the terms of his parole, the Tribune reported.

David Letterman started hosting his own late night talk shows in 1982 and retired in 2015. He got his big break in late night television with appearances and guest host duties for Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.” Letterman then started hosting his own morning talk show “The David Letterman Show” on NBC in 1980, according to CBS New York.

Shortly after, Letterman followed with own own late night show “Late Night with David Letterman” on NBC, which ran for 11 years. After NBC granted Jay Leno hosting duties on NBC’s “Tonight Show,” Letterman moved to CBS with “The Late Show,” which he hosted until his retirement.

Letterman’s early career started when he hosted radio programs at Ball State University. He then went on to be a weatherman at a local Indiana TV station, and worked in other news media roles before moving out to Los Angeles to pursue comedy, according to Ball State University.

Currently, Letterman hosts the Netflix series “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman.” Variety reported that Netflix reviewed the show for a second season earlier this month. Season 2 is scheduled for release in 2019. “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction” is Letterman’s first show since his 2015 retirement.

In a 2017 interview with The Washington Post, Letterman likened hosting late night TV to a prison sentence. He also is baffled by his own participation in the well-known late night talk show wars between himself and Jay Leno.

But he does wish he had listened to his wife earlier about having children. He didn’t feel he could be both talk show host and father. And he wishes son Harry had a sibling, but now he is too old to adopt a child, according to the Post interview.

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