Convicted Palin hacker at prison camp in Kentucky

Convicted Palin hacker at prison camp in Kentucky

David Kernell David Kernell

CHATTANOOGA (WATE/AP) - A former University of Tennessee student convicted of hacking Sarah Palin's email account has reported to an unfenced federal prison camp in Kentucky to begin his sentence.

A Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesman said David Kernell, 23, reported to the minimum security camp at Ashland, Ky., on Monday to begin a yearlong sentence.

A Knoxville jury in April 2010 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.

Kernell reported to Kentucky despite a request from U.S. District Thomas Phillips to the Bureau of Prisons to put him at the Midway Rehabilitation Center in Knoxville.

The Federal Correctional Institution Ashland is a low security institution housing male inmates with a satellite camp that houses minimum security inmates.

It is in the highlands of Northeast Kentucky, 125 miles east of Lexington and five miles southwest of Ashland.

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

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