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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Barrett Brown’s mother sentenced to 6 months probation [AP]

Karen Lancaster McCutchin, the mother of Anonymous-affiliated activist Barrett Brown, has been sentenced to six months probation for helping her son hide a couple of laptops from FBI agents.

She has also been ordered to pay a $1,000 (€750) fine, the Associated Press reports. In May, McCutchin pleaded guilty to the charges brought against her.

The judge that handed out the sentence, U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Stickney, has decided that her acts don’t “warrant any jail sentence at all.”

In a statement published right after the sentencing, the Free Barrett Brown group noted that they were pleased with the “leniency shown by the judge.” However, they say they condemn the sentence and the case against McCutchin as a whole.

In the meantime, Barrett Brown’s case continues. The trial date is set for April 2014. The activist faces up to 105 years in prison.

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