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Old 02-03-05, 05:15 AM   #1
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Screwy Uber-pirate found dead in jail cell

Movie 'pirate' dead in jail cell

Russell Sprague, the man who acquired more than 130 screeners of Hollywood features including "The Last Samurai" and "Mystic River" and then posted them on the p2p networks, was found dead in a Los Angeles prison cell.

He got the movies from Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences member Carmine Caridi, 70, who was recently ordered to pay Warner Bros $300,000 for providing Sprague with the copies.

Sprague, 52, was facing three years in jail after pleading guilty to one count of copyright infringement. He was to have been sentenced March 21.

He may have died of a heart attack, the US Marshals Service said, according to Newsday, which adds, “His body was discovered Monday morning and an autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday.”

The movie industry cartel-owned MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) has just sued an undisclosed number of people whom, it states, shared movies online. It didn’t say how many were Hollywood insiders, such as Caridi.

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this has Valenti's fingerprints all over it - no doubt his last act before retiring was to put out a contract on this poor guy.

let this be a lesson to the rest of you - cross the MPAA, get whacked
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this has Valenti's fingerprints all over it - no doubt his last act before retiring was to put out a contract on this poor guy.

let this be a lesson to the rest of you - cross the MPAA, get whacked
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"According to sources in the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department Sprague's death went undetected for as long as it did because his body was apparently encased in a large block of cement and 'he kinda blended in with the rest of the place.'

In spite of the unusual state of the corpse and the fact that Jack Valent's name ends in a vowel and everybody knows all Italians are either in the mob, running Fortune 500 companies (same thing) or in the opera business, at this point the Sheriff’s Dept. is confidently predicting the concrete sarcophagus will have no bearing on Russell Sprague's 'premature but totally natural' demise."

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