Police Radio Jammer Gets 8 Years
They nailed him. Thats Fed time...Which means he does every day.
Twenty-six year old Rajib Mitra of Brookfield, Wisconsin, has been sentenced to eight years under new guidelines that provide for harsher penalties under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines that took effect in November 2003. In March, a jury convicted Mitra, in the case of the "magic radio," of repeatedly interfering with the emergency communications radio system of the Madison Police department last year.
Federal District Judge John Shabaz could have added more time to the sentence for each of the times that Mitra interfered with the Madison police radio system, but he decided not to do so. The case is unique, since the United States charged Mitra's interference with the police communication system as interference with a critical infrastructure under the new post 9/11 guidelines and not under any of the traditional federal radio laws.
During the sentencing last May, Judge Shabaz noted the government's evidence showed Mitra also caused 36 other instances of interference over a dozen times starting in January of 2003.
Monitoring and the Law will have full coverage of how Mitra got himself into trouble with his scanners and radios in next month's issue.