ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for hacking into his neighbors’ wireless network and framing them for distributing child pornography and email threats against Vice President Joe Biden and other officials.

Barry Ardolf, of Blaine, received the sentence Tuesday in federal court in St. Paul.

In a plea agreement in December, the 46-year-old Ardolf admitted using the hacked network to send sexually explicit emails — including one containing child pornography — to his neighbor’s co-workers. He also sent threats to Biden and other public officials, signing them with the neighbor’s name. He was indicted on the charges in June 2010.

Minnesota Public Radio reported Donald Oswald of the Minneapolis FBI released a statement saying Ardolf’s apparent motive was “to ruin the victim’s reputation and livelihood.”

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Comments (8)
  1. hdmc says:

    but Casey Anthony gets let free

    1. Kate says:

      Stay on topic. This guy pled guilty. This is the consequences of his actions.

  2. George Washington says:

    I don’t like what this guy did, but this seems excessive. 4 years would have been plenty

    1. The Architect says:

      40 years wouldn’t have been enough. He’s lucky the neighbor didn’t come over and pound his face in.

  3. Mike Merker says:

    come on it was Biden! Does anyone take that seriously? Even Osama said he wasn’t worth it for he is a nothing public figure!

  4. Hugh Jorgan says:

    Careful what & how you hack, children – it’s a new world out there…

  5. Jim Saborito says:

    But if you go to Kellogg park at 11 at night and punch a musician in the throat doing permanent damage, and beat his head causing brain damage, and you have a long history of brutal violence… you get 10 years. Now look, are we Americans? The American way is to petition our representatives. I know it’s easy to be cynical and have an attitude of “why bother?” and rely on the President to solve all our problems… but rise above it! Don’t let bankers et al. be the only ones lobbying our legislators.

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