Spammer sentenced to seven years in prison

Friday, 28 May 2004, 11:16 AM EST

A man who sent 850 million junk e-mails through accounts he opened with stolen identities was sentenced to up to seven years in prison on Thursday.

Atlanta-based Internet service provider Earthlink Inc. said it hoped the sentence and an earlier $16.4 million civil judgment against Howard Carmack will deter other spammers.

By Carolyn Thompson at The Associated Press

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