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Woman Found Guilty In MySpace Suicide Case

Cleared of felony

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A Missouri woman who prosecutors say caused a 13-year-old neighbor girl to commit suicide by harassing her via MySpace was acquitted Wednesday of felony charges of accessing a computer without authorization.

Woman Found Guilty In MySpace Suicide Case

The Los Angles jury did find Lori Drew, 49, guilty of three misdemeanor counts for her role in creating a fake MySpace account used to torment 13-year-old Megan Meier who later committed suicide.

Drew’s sentence could be anywhere from probation to three years in prison for the misdemeanor convictions. She could have gone to federal prison for up to 20 years if she had been convicted on the felony charges.

Drew used the phony MySpace profile to pose as a 16-year-old-boy to flirt with and then later reject neighbor Megan Meier. Prosecutors said Drew posed as a boy named Josh Evans and later told Meier the world would be a better place without her.

After receiving the message Meier committed suicide by hanging herself with a belt in her bedroom closet in 2006.

Police in Missouri investigated the case but could not find any statute under which to charge Drew. Thomas P. O’Brien, the U.S. attorney in Los Angles, had jurisdiction over the case because MySpace is based in Beverly Hills.

 

Woman Found Guilty In MySpace Suicide Case


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  • Guest

    This woman should also be hanged

  • http://lexolutionit.com Maneet Puri

    What happened was of course sad and unfortunate… But I don’t think the accused needs to be hanged. In fact, there should be strict laws and guidelines about using networking websites. This would deter people from abusing the meduim.

     

  • Guest

    What on earth would a 49 year old ‘adult’ get out of tormenting a child in the first place??  Does no one else find this at all strange?  She obviously has a screw loose & should be locked up, talk about vindictive!

  • http://car2be.com/ Used Triumph

    Drew’s sentence could be anywhere from probation to three years in prison for the misdemeanor convictions. She could have gone to federal prison for up to 20 years if she had been convicted on the felony charges.

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