The 22-year-old son of a Tennessee state senator was convicted last week on one felony charge and one misdemeanor charge arising from his hacking into Sarah Palin's Yahoo mail account during the 2008 presidential campaign.
PCWorld.com reports David Kernell was convicted of "felony destruction of records to hamper a federal investigation and of a misdemeanor charge that he unlawfully accessed a protected computer." The jury acquitted him of federal wire fraud charges.
Kernell accessed the former Alaska governor's e-mail account using the password reset function, coupled with biographical information that was publicly available given her status as the Republican vice presidential candidate. He subsequently posted images of her personal e-mail and pictures from her account to a public discussion forum.
He faces a maximum of 21 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for those charges. The court declared a mistrial on federal identity theft charge arising out of the same situation. The jury was deadlocked on that charge. Both Palin and her daughter Bristol testified for the prosecution during the trial.