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article imageHammond court documents show no reduced sentence for cooperating

By Justin King     Jan 8, 2014 in Crime
Today is hacktivist Jeremy Hammond’s birthday. The Anonymous affiliated hacker made headlines with a massive leak of documents from Stratfor and his subsequent arrest. Recently, some have questioned whether Hammond cooperated with the federal government
Digital Journal has obtained the documents needed to lay the question to rest.
Hammond was sentenced to 10 years in prison for activities related to the Stratfor leak that disclosed thousands of secrets about the private intelligence firm and their clients. Recently, questions arose surrounding Hammond’s sentence, and whether he traded information to the feds in order to receive his 10-year sentence.
An activist within the #FreeAnons movement, Sue Crabtree, said simply
The kid is no rat.
Court documents demonstrate that her unquestioning belief is correct. Hammond entered a guilty plea to a count of Conspiracy to engage in computer hacking in violation of 18 U.S.C. Sections 1030(a)(2)(C), 1030(c)(2)(B)(iii), and 1030(c)(2)(C) and was sentenced under federal sentencing guidelines section (2B1.1(a)(2).
As the image below, taken directly from court documents, shows Hammond was sentenced under these guidelines and his total offense level was calculated to be 31 points. Hammond has a lengthy list of prior convictions placing him in Criminal History Category IV. Following the two calculations on the Federal Sentencing Guidelines Chart would place Hammond in the sentence range of 151-188 months.
While Hammond’s sentencing guidelines placed him in the 151-188 month range, he received a sentence of 120 months. This sentence below the guidelines was not in exchange for any cooperation given to the federal government. The statute he violated contained a provision allowing for a maximum sentence of 120 months, which is also noted in the court documents.
An excerpt from court documents showing how Jeremy Hammond s sentence was calculated.
An excerpt from court documents showing how Jeremy Hammond's sentence was calculated.
So contrary to recent accusations, the 120 month sentence was not a reduced sentence; it was the longest sentence allowable by law. Hammond’s lawyer filed documents urging the judge to consider a shorter sentence which read in part
This is not the typical federal criminal case, and Jeremy Hammond is not the typical federal criminal defendant. Whether one agrees with his motivation or tactics, the fact remains that his violation of the federal criminal law was undertaken as an act of civil disobedience. Mr. Hammond has been very clear that he participated in the hack of Strategic Forecasting and other websites because he questioned the government's use of private security firms to gather intelligence at home and abroad, and the free reign afforded to these companies to operate without public scrutiny or government oversight. And he is not alone; many people, from average U.S. citizens, to the heads of state of countries including France, Germany and Brazil, have become concerned as a result of recent revelations about government and corporate spying. But unlike many, Mr. Hammond has technical skills that enabled him to peel back this veil of secrecy, publicly revealing information about how states and private companies like Stratfor, gather intelligence.
The attempt to obtain a reduced sentence was unsuccessful. Hammond is set to be released on Christmas Day in the year 2020.
This date also caused controversy, as it appeared that Hammond was only given a sentence of six years. The projected inmate release date is calculated to include a 15 percent credit for good behavior and the time already served. The time off for good behavior would bring the sentence down to around eight and a half years. Hammond was arrested on March 5, 2012. After using the Bureau of Prisons’ fuzzy math, Jeremy Hammond’s projected release date is exactly where it should be.
These documents clearly demonstrate that Hammond did not cooperate in exchange for a sentence reduction.
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