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A North Carolina man convicted in the nation's first felony case against illegal spamming was sentenced Friday to nine years in prison for bombarding Internet users with millions of junk e-mails.

Jeremy Jaynes, who was considered among the top 10 spammers in the world at the time of his arrest, used the Internet to peddle pornography and sham products and services such as a "FedEx refund processor," prosecutors said.

Thousands of people fell for his e-mails. Prosecutors said Jaynes' operation grossed up to $750,000 per month.

A jury convicted Jaynes, 30, last November for using false Internet addresses and aliases to send mass e-mail ads through an America Online server in Loudoun County, where the company is based. The jury recommended the nine-year prison term.

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