Wired-Feds Want 18 Months For Student Who Hacked Palin's E-Mail
David Kernell, the college student who hacked Sarah Palin's email account: Wired Magazine
(Story reported by Kim Zetter for Wired.com)
David Kernell, the Tennessee student convicted of hacking into Sarah Palin’s personal e-mail account, has asked the court to forgo a prison sentence and give him probation for his crimes.
Kernell, 22, was convicted earlier this year of misdemeanor computer intrusion and a felony count of obstruction of justice. The jury found him not guilty of a wire-fraud charge and hung on a fourth charge for identity theft, after four days of deliberating.
The convictions carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a possible fine of up to $250,000.
Federal sentencing guidelines recommend a sentence of between 15 and 21 months in prison. The government is seeking 18 months.
Kernell, scheduled to be sentenced in Tennessee on Nov. 12, was found to have deleted evidence from his hard drive to thwart investigators, in the most serious charge.
In a motion filed with the court (.pdf) this week, his attorney asserted that although his client might have deleted evidence, this should be balanced against the fact that he didn’t destroy the computer entirely or get rid of it.
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