The first person convicted of civil rights violations for making e-mail death threats was spared a return trip to prison after a judge sentenced him to a year - time he's already served.
Richard Machado, 21, spent more than a year behind bars awaiting trial.U.S. District Judge Alicemarie Stotler on Monday did order him to serve a year of supervised release, undergo psychiatric counseling and receive tolerance training.
A naturalized citizen from El Salvador, Machado sent messages to 59 students at the University of California in 1996 under the alias "Asian Hater." In the e-mails, he threatened to hunt down and kill Asians, who make up nearly half of the school's 17,000 students.