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Palin Email Hacker to Serve 366 Days in Jail

A man convicted of hacking former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s email account has been sentenced to 366 days in prison.

David C. Kernell was sentenced to one year and one day in prison for intentionally accessing without authorization Palin’s email account, as well as obstructing justice. The U.S. district judge also imposed a three-year term of supervised released.

Earlier this year, Kernell was found guilty of one count of misdemeanor unauthorized access to obtain information from a computer and one count of obstruction of justice. However, the jury could not reach a verdict on the identity theft charge, and the judge declared a mistrial as to that charge.

Evidence at trial showed Kernell became aware Sept. 16, 2008, after breaking into then-Alaska governor’s email account, of a possible FBI investigation. Evidence showed he began deleting records and documents with the intent to obstruct an anticipated FBI investigation.

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