Hector Xavier Monsegur, known online as LulzSec leader "Sabu," managed to avoid up to 26 years in Federal prison for his part in several major cyberattacks in 2013. With the help of prosecutors, who lobbied the court heavily on his behalf, Monsegur managed to get a sentence equivalent to the seven months he spent in jail for the crime already.
U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska imposed a term of seven months behind bars – equal to what he'd already served – which means Monsegur was a free man after his sentencing hearing in Manhattan federal court. He will remain under supervised release for one year as a condition of his release.
Federal prosecutors argued that Monsegur deserved leniency because he "was an extremely valuable and productive cooperator" whose expertise helped the FBI arrest and convict eight of his co-conspirators and helped thwart an undisclosed number of cyberattacks.
In a government sentencing memorandum filed Friday with the court, federal prosecutors said that his actions "prevented at least millions of dollars in loss to these victims."
Source: Greenbay Gazette