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Accused Hacker Who Balked at 2-Year Prison Deal Now Faces Decades




Accused Hacker Who Balked at 2-Year Prison Deal Now Faces Decades
Accused Hacker Who Balked at 2-Year Prison Deal Now Faces Decades



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http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/06/hacker-faces-decades-imprisonment/ 

By David Kravets 
Threat Level
Wired.com
June 24, 2010

An alleged hacker who declined a 2-year plea deal is facing decades 
behind bars after federal authorities Thursday added multiple charges, 
including possession and distribution of child pornography.

Barry Ardolf, 45, of Blaine, Minnesota, had rejected a plea deal in 
connection to charges accusing him of sending Vice President Joe Biden a 
threatening e-mail from his neighbor=E2=80=99s computer, a computer he is 
accused of hacking. The decision to reject the offer, his lawyer said 
Monday, =E2=80=9Cwas a difficult one.=E2=80=9D

A federal grand jury substantially upped the ante against the computer 
technician Thursday, ringing him up on additional charges (.pdf) of 
identity theft and two kiddie-porn accusations carrying lifetime 
sex-offender registration requirements. The authorities said he faces a 
maximum 20 years for the alleged porn distribution, 10 years for the 
porn-possession charge and five years each for the two hacking charges.

Ardolf maintains his innocence, and federal judges are not bound by 
sentencing guidelines.

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