An Ashland woman who pleaded guilty in September to committing cyber-crimes against her former employer will spend the next 13 months in prison.

Misty Dawn Evans, 34, was sentenced Monday following a hearing in Huntington before U.S. District Judge Robert C. Chambers.

In addition to the prison term, Evans was ordered by Chambers to pay restitution of $28,476 to Innovative Mattress Solutions LLC of Winfield, W.Va., which does business under the names Mattress Warehouse and Sleep Outfitters.

Chambers also ordered that Evans remain under federal supervision for three years following her release from prison, and that she participate in substance abuse counseling, testing and treatment during that period.

Evans was indicted in December 2008 on federal charges stemming from an April 9, 2008, computer intrusion that knocked out the computer network linking all 67 of Innovative Mattress Solutions’ 67 retail outlets in Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia and Indiana.

According to court records, Evans — who had been employed as network administrator by the company until being terminated in March 2008 — accessed the network from her home using her old password and deleted user accounts. That left employees unable to log onto the system or transact business.

At her plea hearing in September, Evans told Chambers she had done so because she was angry over being fired. She also admitted that her intent in deleting the accounts was to cause harm to her former employer.

As a result of the intrusion, the network was out of commission from approximately 3 p.m. on April 9 until 6:30 a.m. the following day, authorities said.

Special Agent Jack Remalay of the FBI’s Charleston office testified at Evans’ plea hearing that the agency was able to link Evans to the intrusion by matching the Internet protocol address of the person who had logged onto Innovative Mattress Solution’s servers just prior to the network crashing to the one in an e-mail that Evans had earlier sent to the company.

The FBI also was able to track the IP address to Evans’ home on Dale Street, Remalay said. Agents served a search warrant at the residence and seized Evans’ computer.

Evans also had come in voluntarily to the FBI’s Huntington office and admitted to agents she had hacked into the company’s system and erased user accounts because she was angry over being let go, Remalay said.

Evans could have been sentenced to up to 10 years in prison. She pleaded guilty without benefit of a plea agreement.

Chambers recommended that Evans serve her sentence at the Federal Prison Camp at Alderson, W.Va., although it will be up to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons to determine her placement.

Evans had been free on bond and was remanded to custody following Monday’s hearing.

KENNETH HART can be reached at khart@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2654.

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