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By David Kravets
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
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