Jury Convicts Ex-Student In Palin E-Mail Case

fromWUOT

A former University of Tennessee college student accused of hacking into Sarah Palin's personal e-mail account was convicted Friday on two charges and acquitted on another. The jury deliberated four days, but was unable to come up with a verdict on a fourth charge.

The most serious of the charges facing Kernell was felony wire fraud — a charge that holds a maximum sentence of 20 years. The jury found him "not guilty" on that charge.

It did find him guilty of trying to destroy evidence. And it convicted him of a misdemeanor for unlawfully obtaining information from a protected computer.

But the jury was deadlocked on a final charge of felony identity theft, so the judge declared a mistrial on that one charge.

Prosecutors say they will decide next week if they want to put Kernell on trial again.

Kernell was originally arrested for hacking into Palin's Yahoo account, shortly after she was chosen as John McCain's running mate in the 2008 presidential election. Matt Shafer Powell.

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