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Teri Hatcher's former uncle - the man she helped put in prison for molesting her, as well as two other young girls - has died while serving a 14-year sentence.

According to the San Jose Mercury News, Richard Hayes Stone, who was previously married to the sister of the

Desperate Housewives star's mother, died of colon cancer. He had been in prison six years. "It closes the book on a very, very sad tragedy," said Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Chuck Gillingham. "Unfortunately those who are still alive will always suffer from his actions." Hatcher came forward after one of the girls Stone was accused of abusing committed suicide in 2002. Hatcher contacted prosecutors and gave a detailed account of how Stone molested her in the late '60s and early '70s, when she was less than 7 years old. After the transcript was turned over to Stone's attorneys, he pleaded guilty, negating the need for a trial. Hatcher told Vanity Fair in 2006, four years after testifying and two years into her newly rejuvenated career, that she was afraid she would be seen as a has-been seeking publicity if her testimony landed in the tabloids. "At the end of the day, there was no way I was not going to put this girl first, before whatever damage might be done to me," Hatcher said in the interview. - Adam Bryant