That's what a plea deal is. You tell the judge you're guilty and you receive the reduced sentence.
There's an entire class of individuals out there who feel that it's OK to do anything they can do to further their ideals, including breaking the law. I, for one, am sick and tired of spending an hour each morning going through security logs and firing off emails because that group of individuals feel they're doing nothing wrong. It's time to start throwing the book at them. The judicial system has been far too lenient in the past, and perhaps making an example out of a few folks will give the rest pause before they continue with their agenda.
There's a right way to create change, and a wrong way. Breaking into systems is the wrong way.