MEDIA: Ex-Anchor Pleads Guilty To Email Hackery


INQUIRER: Former CBS3 anchor Larry Mendte pleaded guilty this morning in U.S. District Court to hacking into the personal e-mail of onetime colleague Alycia Lane. During a brief court hearing in Philadelphia, Mendte pleaded guilty to a single felony count. Federal prosecutors agreed not to make any recommendation of whether Mendte should be sentenced to prison though U.S. District Judge Mary McLaughlin still would be free to impose such a sentence. Under federal sentencing guidelines, Mendte could face a maximum of six months in prison. Mendte had no comment as he emerged from the courtroom, but his wife, Fox29 anchor Dawn Stensland, said, “I love my husband, and he’s a good man.” During the 35-minute proceeding, Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Levy recounted the government’s evidence and said that Mendte hacked into Lane’s email accounts more than 500 times between January and May of this year. “To your knowledge, is everything he said accurate and correct?” asked McLaughlin. “Yes,” replied Mendte, who was in court with his defense attorney Michael Schwartz. MORE

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