Posted: Jul 9, 2013 5:11 PM
Updated: Jul 9, 2013 6:59 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - A federal judge handed down a 20 month sentence to William Henneberger for his role in a DVD and CD bootlegging operation 6 News uncovered in early 2012.
Prosecutors lobbied for longer sentence for Henneberger based not only the duplication and sale of copyrighted material, but his alleged actions to harm the reputation of a reporter.
A KRIS Communications eporter went undercover at a flea market along Agnes to find vendors selling materials that violated federal laws.
The vendors were not pleased to see our cameraman when she disclosed what we were doing. Henneberger was one of those vendors, even though he tried to claim we were not at his booth.
According to investigators, Henneberger created a website intended to embarrass our female reporter. The site was taken down earlier this year, about the same time that Henneberger plead guilty.
He was visibly upset when the sentence was read this afternoon.
6 News also visited the Bomb Records to question the owner, Joe Silvas, about music and movies for sale.
At least 5 more defendants will be sentenced in the coming weeks. Ruth Henneberger, Daniel Diaz, Leticia Aguilar, Vanessa Pecina and Joe Silvas all plead guilty to counterfeiting charges. There's no word on a sentencing date for Joe Hernandez.
They all face up to five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.
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