In a fit of pique over a small amount (roughly a month’s income) this clown has earned himself eight years in chokey, (at the age of 64). If he survives that, he’ll emerge a bankrupt. (I’m assuming that anyone with $3m+ assets isn’t going to pull such a stunt over $17,500.) Even his planned option sting didn’t fly. How did anyone that stupid get a US $150k job as a sysadmin? He hasn’t even the excuse of impetuous youth.
The sentence might seem harsh, but in view of the deliberate nature of the crime and the cost of the damage, it is justified, if only “pour decourager les autres“.