Matthew Weaver, a former Cal State San Marcos student, was sentenced on Monday to one year in prison.
Weaver stole 750 student passwords to rig a student council election in his favor. He used a key-logger to gather information, and he was caught on the fourth day of the election, when computer technicians noticed unusual activity on one of the campus computers.
Weaver did not think before he acted. He called his behavior “childish, foolish and arrogant.” Some might argue that it was the crime of an entitled kid, and it seems as though he has learned his lesson. Whether a mistake or not, the ultimate price will be the unintended consequences that were not previously considered. It appears, however, the defendant has remorse.