Former Sacramento Web Producer Sentenced to Federal Prison

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SACRAMENTO —

A former FOX40 employee was sentenced Wednesday for hacking the L.A. Times website, along with other computer crimes against FOX40.

Wednesday afternoon, a judge sentenced Matthew Keys to 24 months in prison. He was convicted of three felonies back in October, including conspiracy to make unauthorized changes to Tribune websites and damaging its computer systems.

Keys shared log-in information for the newspaper’s website with the hacker group “Anonymous,” who then made changes to the L.A. Times front page.

Keys was fired as a web producer from FOX40 in 2010. At the time, the L.A. Times and FOX40 were both owned by Tribune.

In a statement, the FBI said, “The sentence should serve as a warning that those who engage in this type of behavior face harsh penalties.”

Keys’ attorneys say they are disappointed with the sentence and plan to appeal.

“We were expecting, or we were hoping, for something lower, we set a goal for something lower, and we didn’t achieve that goal,” said defense attorney Jay Leiderman.

Keys wouldn’t talk to FOX40 on camera after the sentencing,  but he did Tweet “…Upset at the conviction, but optimistic at the chances of appeal and having the sentence stayed.”

Keys is set to begin serving his sentence in federal prison in June.

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