A man convicted of shoplifting at Nordstrom received his sentence for the theft in a on Tuesday.
But it's the death of his wife, which he is under investigation, that is creating a media frenzy, particularly in Japan.
Anthony Simoneau stood before a circuit court judge pleading for help.
"Since I've been on supervised release, I've been hounded by the media, I have been hounded by the office of intake services, but I've still met every single parameter that they set for me and every hoop they made me jump through," said Simoneau at his sentencing hearing.
The 43-year-old was arrested on May 29 for stealing a piece of luggage from Nordstrom. He pleaded guilty to felony theft in August.
Judge Michael Wilson gave him no jail time, but did sentence him to five years probation and several thousand dollars in fines.
But it's his possible involvement in the death of his wife, Fumiko Ogawa, that had swarms of Japanese media at the courthouse.
Simoneau is under investigation after the remains of a woman were found in the desert east of San Diego in January 2007. DNA evidence identified the body as Ogawa a few months ago.
Court documents show Simoneau never reported her missing and told neighbors his wife was living in Hawaii.
"You guys don't even have half the story. You guys are basically sealing my fate in public opinion, based on non-facts," said Simoneau to the Japanese media that cornered him outside the courtroom.
Simoneau said he's been working at a dental lab and trying to return to San Diego to resolve the case surrounding his wife's death.
But terms of his probation will not allow him to leave the state.
He accused the media of a public lynching.
"I miss my wife very much and you all need to stop this, okay," said Simoneau.
According to court records, San Diego detectives are seeking a new court order to have Ogawa's body exhumed and re-examined to try to determine exactly how she died.
San Diego police have gone on the record saying "Anthony Simoneau killed her and moved on with his life."
Simoneau has not been arrested for his wife's death.