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He hacked his neighbor’s Wi-Fi to download child porn. Now he’s headed to prison.

Displayed is a LED-illuminated wireless router in Philadelphia, Sunday, July 27, 2008. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Displayed is a LED-illuminated wireless router in Philadelphia, Sunday, July 27, 2008. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) AP

A Davis man who hacked into his neighbor’s password-protected Wi-Fi network to download child pornography was sentenced in federal court in Sacramento on Wednesday to six years in prison.

Alexander Nathan Norris, 28, who was convicted in a jury trial in May of possessing and distributing material involving the sexual exploitation of minors, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller and ordered to surrender and begin his sentence by 2 p.m. on Oct. 2.

Norris, who had asked the judge in a letter to “consider an option which does not include a term of imprisonment,” did not address the judge during sentencing.

Prosecutors had asked for a 17  1/2 -year sentence, while defense attorney Michael Long argued in court filings that Norris be given the mandatory minimum sentence of five years.

The case dates back to April 2011, when FBI agents used a search warrant to raid a unit at the Greystone Apartments in Davis, where investigators had pinpointed child pornography was being downloaded from the internet, court records say.

Instead, the apartment housed three UC Davis honors students whose wireless router had been hacked by Norris, who lived in the apartment next door, court documents say.

Norris has been free since his arrest and tracked with an electronic ankle monitoring device, and his attorney had argued that he had never touched a child inappropriately and had no prior criminal record.

Sam Stanton: 916-321-1091, @StantonSam

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