Convicted Palin hacker at prison camp in Kentucky

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- A former Tennessee college student convicted of hacking Sarah Palin's e-mail account has reported to an unfenced federal prison camp in Kentucky to begin his sentence.

A Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesman said 23-year-old David Kernell reported to the minimum security camp at Ashland, Kentucky on Monday to begin a year-long sentence.

A Knoxville jury in late April convicted Kernell of unauthorized access to a protected computer and destroying records to impede a federal investigation. The jury acquitted him of wire fraud and deadlocked on an identity theft charge.

The former Alaska governor and her daughter Bristol testified that the hacking, followed by Kernell's online bragging and providing a password and Palin family telephone numbers to others, caused them emotional hardship.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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