- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 1, 2015

HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. (AP) - A former Army National Guardsman convicted of sending an email from a prison computer claiming the local water system had been poisoned has been sentenced to at least six years in prison.

Over the course of two trials, Adam Hardin, 25, of Claysburg, was convicted of tampering with a public water system, threats to utilize weapons of mass destruction on the water system and terroristic threats. He was also convicted of illegal use of the computer system at Blair County Prison.

The Altoona Water Authority warned thousands of customers not to use tap water for about two days following the October 2013 threat.

Hardin on Monday was ordered to serve six to 15 years in prison and pay nearly $30,000 in restitution, the Altoona Mirror reported (https://bit.ly/1Rjmbwc ) on Tuesday. He must also receive a mental health evaluation and be supervised while using the prison’s computers.

The state Department of Corrections will have to figure out how much time Hardin has remaining on his sentence. He’s been incarcerated since October 2013 and faces multiple sentences for other crimes.



Hardin apologized for his actions during the sentencing.

“I’m not too good at speaking, but I’d like to apologize for the acts I did to the people in the county,” he said. “These acts were not intended to cause havoc and mayhem.”

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Information from: Altoona Mirror, https://www.altoonamirror.com

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