The man who has claimed to own Hayes Valley reportedly launched into a bizarre courtroom tirade Wednesday while being sentenced to nearly 28 years in the slammer for stalking a woman he had dated for just two weeks.
During the noisy court proceeding, four bailiffs were needed to hold down a hollering 40-year-old Greg Hayes, prosecutors said, and a judge had to speak over him in order to sentence him.
In June, Hayes was found guilty on 94 of 95 stalking counts — five of which are felonies — following an equally bizarre trial in which he sang a love song while acting as his own attorney.
In the end, Hayes’ zany antics were merely a distraction.
On Wednesday, Hayes — who had been found competent to stand trial — was sentenced to six years and eight months in state prison for the five felonies, Assistant District Attorney Alex Bastian said. He also received 21 years in County Jail, to be served after his prison sentence, due to his 89 misdemeanor convictions for violating a court order by not leaving the woman alone.
Hayes also is required to register as a sex offender, Bastian said.
Before Wednesday’s hearing, Hayes refused to leave his jail cell, Bastian said. And when he was finally coaxed out, he made a scene — hollering, “I’m not appearing! I’m not here!”
Hayes did reportedly offer one moment of sanity: While bailiffs were holding him down, prosecuting attorney Nathan Quigley stepped away to speak with a member of the audience. “Where you going, Quigley!” Hayes reportedly said.
Bastian added that prison officials will be warned that Hayes might require mental health care.
A musician who also worked as a painter, Hayes was dumped in 2008 by the woman he had stalked. He was “too possessive,” Bastian said, and she began receiving angry emails that became threatening.
The emails included photos of knives, death threats and Hayes’ penis, according to court records. He later referred to a restraining order served on him as a “love letter.” At one point, he also emailed the woman a song he wrote titled, “The Stalker Song.”
Police Inspector John Keane, who investigated the case alongside Assistant District Attorney Nancy Tung, said Wednesday that he hopes the stiff sentence “will provide solace” for the victim.
“Mr. Hayes will hopefully avail himself to the rehabilitative opportunities and psychiatric treatment offered in prison,” Keane said.