Celebrity Hacker Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison

Alonzo Knowles pleaded guilty to identify theft and copyright infringement.

— -- Alonzo Knowles, a 24-year-old hacker from Freeport, Bahamas, was sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday in connection with hacking into celebrities' email accounts.

Prosecutors had originally asked for Knowles to serve a 27- to 33-month sentence. However, The Associated Press reported that U.S. District Judge Paul A. Engelmayer referenced Knowles' jailhouse conversations as the reason for doubling the sentence, saying he believed that the hacker showed a lack of remorse for his actions and posed a threat to society.

Knowles pleaded guilty to copyright infringement and identity theft in May, after he hacked the email accounts of celebrities and stole unreleased TV and movie scripts, personal information, and private sexually explicit photos and videos, according to the press release. He tried to sell some of the material and was arrested a year ago after he traveled to the United States to meet with an undercover federal agent who was posing as a customer, the press release states.

According to The AP, Knowles apologized to his victims and to the judge before his sentencing.

"What I did was wrong," he said. "I could have ruined people's lives."

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