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Jul 9, 2013 11:16 PM by Mike Manzoni -- mmanzoni@kristv.com

DVD Bootlegger Sentenced To Prison, Probation

CORPUS CHRISTI -- A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced William Henneberger to almost two years in prison after he pleaded guilty to manufacturing and selling counterfeit DVD's and CD's.

Henneberger, 32, was arrested in March after federal authorities raided a house and a records store and seized more than 19,000 copyrighted films and television shows.

Prosecutors brought up an issue involving Hennberger and a former KRIS Communications reporter who first uncovered the illegal bootlegging operation at a local flea market off Agnes Street. Prosecutors said Henneberger started harassing the former Channel 6 reporter after he was arrested in March.

"I didn't know what I was getting into," he told the judge, adding, "my moral compass is definitely skewed."

Judge Nelva Ramos said she considered that when sentencing Henneberger, who will spend two years under supervised release once he is released from prison.

Henneberger's wife, Ruth, and six others area also charged with counterfeiting. They'll be sentenced in the coming weeks.

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