Sedalia man pleads guilty to possessing child pornography

6 months 3 weeks 1 day ago August 29, 2016 Aug 29, 2016 Monday, August 29 2016 Monday, August 29, 2016 3:11:00 PM CDT in News
By: Luis Rodriguez, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

SPRINGFIELD - A Sedalia man on supervised release after spending time in prison for receiving and possessing child pornography might see as much as 20 more years in federal prison.

Jesse Williams Laws, 37, pleaded guilty to a 2015 charge where authorities searched his residence after he was suspected of having violated certain conditions of his release.

Laws had served time for two 2006 federal convictions for receiving and possessing child pornography, and was placed on supervised release after incarceration.

According to a news release by the office of the United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, Laws admitted that he had been drinking and he had been in the presence of children without the permission of the probation office, which were both in violation of his supervised release. The court revoked his supervised release and sentenced him to two years in federal prison without parole.

Probation officers examined a cell phone while they searched the residence and found 107 possible images of child pornography. The browser history revealed multiple visits to a child pornography website.

Under federal statutes, Laws is subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in federal prison without parole and up to a sentence of 20 years in federal prison without parole. If convicted, the sentence must be served consecutively to the two-year sentence he is currently serving for the revocation of his supervised release.

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