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One of the manuals had Ardolf's handwritten notes; another had the unique ID for the Kostolnik's router.
Investigators and Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Rank confronted Ardolf with that evidence in the summer of 2010. Ardolf agreed to a plea bargain, to serve two to five years in prison. But he later rejected it, fired his lawyer and hired another to take the case to trial. Two days after that trial started, on Dec. 17, 2010, Ardolf suddenly decided to plead guilty. In May, his motion to withdraw the guilty plea was rejected.
The Star-Tribune reported this week's sentencing: "On Tuesday, the hacker whom Rank called "angry and arrogant" finally appeared to acknowledge his guilt, tearfully apologizing to the Kostolniks and his own family -- before complaining about jail food and the hardness of his bed."
John Cox covers wireless networking and mobile computing for Network World.
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