ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota man who admitted using his neighbor’s online identity to email death threats to Vice President Joe Biden wants to withdraw his guilty plea.

Barry Ardolf of Blaine pleaded guilty in December to charges including two counts of aggravated identity theft and threatening the vice president.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press says Ardolf recently filed an 18-page legal memorandum from jail seeking to withdraw his plea. He says the mother of his three children died several years ago and he doesn’t want his kids to become orphans.

He says he was food- and sleep-deprived when he pleaded guilty.

In his plea agreement, Ardolf admitted hacking into his neighbor’s wireless connection and creating multiple e-mail accounts in his neighbor’s name, then using one of those accounts to e-mail Biden’s office in May 2009.

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Comments (15)
  1. michellefrommadison says:

    Doesn’t appear to have been a threat in the first place irregardless of a guilty plea being entered. The system has been so corrupt before and weekly all over the country, a guilty plea may have been his best option at the time even though he never threatened anyone. The case would surely be won on Appeal and he should sue the government for malicious prosecution, get a settlement, then retire with millions of dollars.

    1. M B says:

      How do you know he never threatened anyone? Where does this evidence come from, or are you just “believing” his statement without any evidence? Or are you hoping that the tactic of “If I say it often enough someone’s bound to believe me!” will work.

      Others might say that your tinfoil hat is too tight and you need to make a new one.

      1. michellefrommadison says:

        How do I know? The facts of the case prove it.

        1. M B says:

          If the facts of the case prove it, why would he admit to a plea of guilty? No one that believes himself truly innocent would accept a plea deal for a crime they didn’t commit, sleep deprived or not.
          Saying you knowingly hacked into a neighbor’s Wifi (Illegal by the way), use his identity to create e-mail addresses (illegal), then use them to threaten high ranking officials (illegal), isn’t something you admit to, even food and sleep deprived.
          What possible reason does Biden have for framing this lowly guy in what equates to the middle of nowhere for such a string of crimes? Do you really assert that he’s so vicious to pick someone out and say, “I need to frame him for identity theft and terroristic threats, because I’m low on my quota this year”?

  2. Edgar says:

    Just kidding.
    Another person finding an excuse and not taking responsibility for their action.

  3. Dave Seavy says:

    If he had an attorney when he made the deal, it’s very unlikely it will be overturned. To get a plea agreement tossed required some very serious mistake; sleep deprivation isn’t one of those. So long as the aggrement was knowingly, intelligently and voluntarily made, it will stand. As for winning on appeal, I’m more likely to hit the Power Ball jackpot that he is to win in the appeals court. He’s just lucky the feds didn’t pick up the case and toss him in for life. Federal prosecutors are always looking for another notch in their belt and tons of camera time.

  4. Keeping it real in Minnesota says:

    Could this genius actually have carried out his threats to be of any concern?….its just more of the same…….they all need to get a life.

    1. M B says:

      How do you differentiate the ones that are serious from the ones that aren’t? You have to take all threats seriously, because it’s the one you don’t is the one that gets you. Did anyone take the threat of radical Muslim terrorists on U.S. Soil seriously before 9/11? But we do now. Why? Because we didn’t take them seriously.

      1. michellefrommadison says:

        After you obtain some degrees in Law and Psychology, return here and I can help to fill in the missing pieces for you. Before that, you have demonstrated it to be a waste of time and effort.

        1. DonMN763 says:

          There are no missing pieces. Ardolf himself said he was guilty.

          1. michellefrommadison says:

            So did most of the prisoners they recently released from prison after admitting to crimes they never committed and plead to after DNA proved them to be innocent of the crimes they were all incarcerated for. See? Knowing the facts can help out. 🙂

            1. John says:

              We have a Democrat wife of an Astronaut shot thru the head by a person about as crazy as Bary Ardof. Republican loonies abound and are extremist to the core. YOU have to take that seriously.

              Life in prison wouuld be fine by me.

              1. JC says:

                I’m sure the current population would find you very cute and cuddly!
                Many people plead Guilty despite the fact. Court is this country is a GAME for the lawyers and a POLITICAL STATEMENT PLATFORM for judges. With all the subtle abuses the prosecuter, sheriff and court can apply, you just want it to end and be over with. A lesser plea seems like the way out. Oh yeah. You have an extra $25 – 100,000 to post bond and another 10,000 for a lawyer? Or will you just sit in jail till trial (and then try to get your old job back? LOL).

  5. BKinMN says:

    It takes some thinking to “hack” into your neighbors wireless connection, and create multiple email accounts…….food & sleep deprived? C’mon. If that’s the best you have, that isn’t going to cut it. The iron bar hotel is waiting for him.

  6. Pavel says:

    I am certainly in favor of children being raised by their parents, but there are obvious reasons why these children should not be raised by this lunatic. This was not an idle threat on a public person. He had to expend quite some effort to make these threats.

    He needs to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

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