A Minnesota man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for hacking into his neighbor’s wireless network to make threats against Vice President Joe Biden and disseminate child pornography, Minnesota Public Radio reports.
Barry Ardolf, 46, was indicted in June 2010 and pleaded guilty in December. In his plea agreement, Ardolf admitted hacking into his neighbor’s Wi-Fi and creating several email accounts in his neighbor’s name. He used one of the accounts to email a threat to Biden’s office, and signed the message with his neighbor’s name.
During his trial in December, Ardolf’s stories were reportedly inconsistent and his behavior erratic at times. He decided to act as his own counsel after firing his second attorney.
In March, Ardolf told a federal judge he wanted to withdraw his guilty plea. He said it had been coerced and that he was being framed by his neighbor, and requested another chance at justice.
“I want a “˜do over' trial,“ he wrote in the letter to the judge, asking to see the evidence against him.
His request for another trial apparently fell on deaf ears, and yesterday he was handed down what his lawyer called “a lengthy sentence for a first-time offender.“