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The "spam king" was sentenced on Tuesday to 47 months in prison, with a ruling that the court hopes sends a message to other online criminals.
Robert Soloway, the man known as the spam king for the massive volume of spam he sent out, pleaded guilty to fraud, spamming and tax evasion after being indicted in May 2007. After an unusually long sentencing hearing lasting two-and-a-half days, Judge Marsha Pechman handed down her sentence in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington in Seattle.
The case has been closely watched because only a few such spam cases have ever been tried. A man named Jeremy Jaynes was sentenced in Virginia earlier this year to nine years in prison for his spam crimes, and Adam Vitale got slightly more than two years for a recent conviction in New York.
Earlier Story: Adam Vitale
30 Months Jail And $180,000 Fine For NY Spammer [webmasterworld.com]
Speaking of spammers and jail...
Looks like "Colorado's most notorious spammer", Eddie Davidson, just escaped from jail:
Guard your inboxes! lol
This story has an obscene and extremely sad ending
BENNETT, Colo. - A convicted spammer and his wife, who were being sought after she helped him escape prison, were found slain along with their young daughter Thursday in an apparent murder-suicide, authorities said.
I hate it when these people take loved ones out with them... it is sad to read.