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From lawyer to lawbreaker, all caught on tape

They are calling him a “legal Rambo” and “a Wild West divorce attorney gone rogue.”

A New Mexico lawyer was sentenced to 30 days in prison for breaking into the home of his client’s ex-husband,the Alamogordo Daily News reports. Video surveillance shows the lawyer, Raymond T. Van Arnam, kicking in the rear door of the ex-husband’s home, a move more reminiscent of Tom Cruise in “Mission: Impossible” than in “A Few Good Men.”

Van Arnam was representing Melissa Stonecipher, who was pregnant at the time, in divorce proceedings from Anthony Stonecipher. Van Arnam and his client decided to break into her ex-husband’s home to retrieve baby furniture and accessories. Little did they know that Anthony Stonecipher had rigged his house with surveillance cameras.

Video surveillance shows Van Arnam letting associates into Anthony Stonecipher’s house and carrying out the items. The video also shows Van Arnum hugging his client for about 30 seconds.

“I was personally angry with what he was doing to my client,” Van Arnam told ABC News. “He was bullying her and dominating her.”

Van Arnam will have to serve 334 days of probation after he gets out of jail and will pay$2,732 in court costs and $5,000 in restitution to Anthony Stonecipher. He will also complete 100 days of community service.

Melissa Stonecipher did not escape unscathed. She pleaded guilty to criminal damage to property of a household member and was was placed under 364 days of supervised probation.