Hacking Trial: Final ‘News of the World’ Journalist Sentenced

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Copies of Britain's News of the World newspaper are pictured in London, on July 7, 2011. Britain's News of the World tabloid will print its last ever edition on Sunday July 10, 2011, following a scandal over phone hacking, owner Rupert Murdoch's son James Murdoch said Thursday. "Having consulted senior colleagues, I have decided that we must take further decisive action with respect to the paper. This Sunday will be the last issue of the News of the World," he said in a statement. 

Jules Stenson, who last year admitted to being part of a hacking conspiracy, gets a four-month suspended sentence.

A London judge on Monday sentenced the former features editor of the News of the World to a suspended prison sentence of four months in the final case that was part of the phone-hacking trials against journalists of the former tabloid.

Jules Stenson was the last of the shuttered tabloid's charged former journalists to be sentenced. Overall, nine were convicted of hacking charges.

The most high-profile convicted former staffer was former editor Andy Coulson, who was sentenced to 18 months.

Stenson’s sentence will be suspended for 12 months, the BBC, The Guardian and other British media reported. Stenson was also fined $7,800 (£5,000) and given 200 hours community service. He was also ordered to pay legal costs.

Stenson plead guilty late last year to a conspiracy to hack phones while at the Sunday tabloid that Rupert Murdoch's News Corp shut down in 2011.

Outside of court, Stenson then apologized to the hacking victims. "I just want to reiterate my apology to victims of hacking," The Guardian quoted him as saying. "It was wrong and it should never have happened and I have to bear the responsibility for that.”‎

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