One of the men busted in the cyber-hacking scandal that left naked photos of celebs like Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton circulating the web is begging a judge for leniency at his upcoming sentencing.
George Garofano whines that his life has been ruined since he hacked hundreds of celebrity iCloud accounts and posted the intimate pics to Reddit — but that he’s learned from his mistakes.
The 26-year-old’s tantrum follows a memo from federal prosecutors in Connecticut requesting he be sentenced to 10 to 16 months for the crime, following his guilty plea.
But the millennial thinks he deserves less time behind bars, followed by home detention for the 2014 incident, dually dubbed by the internet as “Celebgate” and “The Fappening.”
“Of course, he was old enough to know better even back then, that the conduct he was engaging in was wrong. But he now stands before the Court having matured, accepting responsibility or his actions and not having been in trouble with the law since,” his lawyer Richard Lynch writes in court papers.
His older brother, Ralph, even likens his kin’s guilt to an “emotional prison,” while another friend of his writes that “within hours [of his arrest] George’s scarlet letter was permanent.”
“It will take me a while to forgive myself for this, and I am disappointed in myself,” Garofano says in the court filing. “I feel remorse for anyone that could have been affected by this on any scale, public or private. It is a part of my life that I will always regret, as it has never been a reflection of who I am as an individual.”
The Connecticut man pleaded guilty in April to a single charge of unauthorized access to a protected computer to obtain information.
His sentencing is scheduled for August 29.
Garofano is one of four hackers charged for their roles in nude photo leak.
Lynch says his client was not the scheme’s mastermind.
Published at Wed, 15 Aug 2018 19:27:51 +0000