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Um no? Was he not facing 13 felony charges and up to 35 years in prison? That is what I have read and what just came up when I searched it. Perhaps I am wrong.

No. Orin Kerr did a good analysis of this (see: http://www.volokh.com/2013/01/16/the-criminal-charges-against-aaron-swartz-part-2-prosecutorial-discretion/) which would have had significantly reduced time in jail, if any. Also, prospective millions in harm was similarly overwrought. This is normal for prosecutors to announce, and the media usually fails to dig into the press release to tease reality from PR.