The question isn't whether or not convicted computer hacker Albert Gonzalez will do any time, but how much time. Prosecutors in the case want Gonzalez to serve 25 years , while his lawyer will argue that he should do no more than 15.
Back in September, Gonzalez, 28, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to gain unauthorized access to computer servers at a number of supermarket chains and corner convenience stores. Three months later, Gonzalez admitted to hacking into the computers at TJX Cos. BJ's Wholesale Club, OfficeMax, BostonMarket, Barnes & Noble, Sports Authority, and the Dave & Buster's restaurant chain.
During his online crime spree, Gonzalez racked up monetary damages worth almost $200 million.
"The sheer extent of the human victimization caused by Gonzalez and his organization is unparalleled," Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Heymann said in a sentencing memorandum.
For his illicit efforts, authorities say Gonzalez amassed $2.8 million in cash and assets, though as part of the plea deals, he was forced to forfeit more than $2.7 million, his Miami condo, a car, Rolex watches, and a Tiffany ring he gave to his girlfriend.