Man gets 5 years for ‘crushing’ death of Tennessee grandfather

Smart, outspoken and outspoken, Herring had loved computers since he was a teenager and joined Twitter in March 2007, less than a year after it started, his family said.

He knew people wanted his name, which he chose because of his love for the state, where he was born and raised, and had turned down offers of $ 3,000 to $ 4,000 to sell it, his daughter Corinna Fitch, 37, said in an interview. .

“He would laugh and say, ‘I’m not going to sell that,'” he said.

The last time Mr. Herring was with his three daughters and their families was a month before his death, at a Sunday dinner hosted by his ex-wife, Fran Herring, who was still friends with Mr. Herring.

Mr. Herring often came when Mrs. Herring was looking after the grandchildren and helped them bathe and put them to bed.

“The kids called him Graggie” because they couldn’t say “grandpa,” Fitch said.

He called the hours he spent with his grandchildren “Graggie time.”

“That was her most precious time,” Ms. Fitch said.

Herring was among at least half a dozen people who were targeted by Sonderman and “co-conspirators,” who created fake accounts online to find social media users with catchy names, prosecutors said. Mr. Sonderman and his accomplices would contact the holders of those names and ask them to hand them over so that they could be sold.

If they refused, “Sonderman and his co-conspirators would bombard the owner with repeated phone calls and text messages in a harassment campaign,” prosecutors said.

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