Judge Sentences Admitted Miley Cyrus Hacker To Probation For Spamming, Other Computer Crimes
The Tennessee man who admitted illegally accessing Miley Cyrus’s e-mail account was sentenced today to three years probation for spamming and computer fraud charges unrelated to his hacking of the teenage singer.
Josh Holly, 22, appeared this morning in U.S. District Court in Nashville, where Judge Aleta Trauger spared him prison time in connection with his conviction on a pair of felonies.
In an October 26 pre-sentencing memo, Holly’s lawyer argued that probation would be “sufficiently onerous punishment for a first-time offender of immature mental age.” The hacker’s counsel also contended that Holly’s physical stature--he is 5’ 6”--should be considered when weighing a possible term of incarceration.
Holly, pictured above, pleaded guilty in August to possessing about 200 stolen credit card numbers, as well as hacking MySpace accounts from which he sent commercial spam.
By his own admission, the pint-sized felon hacked Cyrus’s Gmail account in late-October. He subsequently distributed racy photos of the teenage singer that he discovered in her account (though he has escaped prosecution for that high-profile celebrity incursion).