Crackdown On Spam Continues With Tough Sentence in Virginia
from the oh-the-places-you'll-go dept
Although there are still a lot of spammers running around here in the U.S., their numbers are going down, thanks in part to more criminal convictions. One spammer in particular could be going down for a long time: Jeremy Jaynes, who was indicted over a year ago and recently convicted in Virginia for blasting people with 10 million unwanted emails a day. Looks like the judge got one too many Viagra come-on himself, as he has now accepted a jury's recommended sentence of 9 years in prison. Sounds pretty harsh, even for an insidious spammer. But surprisingly, the defense argued that the sentence was too long because Jaynes is an out-of-state resident being charged under a new law. Huh? Perhaps this is just a legal technicality with the same underlying idea that the punishment might not fit the crime. Still, it certainly sounds like he's admitting that the sentence would be fine if he had been tried with a similar crime in his home state of North Carolina. It's being appealed, and it's likely the sentence will get reduced. Here's hoping that he sees at least a little bit of jail time. Just don't give him access to email or the mail room, or prisoners will be start getting messages about penis enlargement.