David Kernell, a former student at the University of Tennessee hacked into Sarah Palin’s e-mail account during the 2008 presidential campaign. He then leaked some of her e-mails and personal photos on the Internet. Now he has been sentenced to one year in custody.
Kernell was charged for unauthorized access to a protected computer and for destroying records that impedes a federal investigation. He was found not guilty of a wire-fraud charge. U.S. District Judge Thomas W. Phillips recommended Kernell to spend one year and one day inside a halfway house. Kernelle will also have three years of probation.
Kernell apologized to Sarah Palin and her family. Kernell was also recommended treatment for depression.