Missouri Woman Convicted of Cyber Bullying to be Sentenced Today
Lori Drew, 49, the woman from Missouri that was convicted of cyber bullying, is set to be sentenced today in U.S. District Court. Drew was convicted in November 2008 of illegally accessing a protected computer, the California-based MySpace. Drew began to come under suspicion after Megan Meier, a 13 year old neighbor of Drew’s, committed suicide. It later came out that Meier was a rival of Drew’s daughter and that Drew created a profile for a nonexistent teenage boy on MySpace that initially befriended Meier and later turned on her. Meier committed suicide soon after receiving a message from the Drew-created boy that told Meier that “the world would be a better place without you.”
Drew was not held culpable for Meier’s death, but instead was convicted of violating the terms and agreements of MySpace to a criminal degree. The prosecution is asking for the maximum fine and sentence which is $5,000 and 3 years in prison. The defense argues that Drew did not read the terms and conditions, nor did she intentionally violate them and therefore they are asking for probation only and no fine. The sentencing is set in California today at 1:00 p.m. St. Louis time.
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