McLeansboro Man Sentenced to 8 Years for Child Porn

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MCLEANSBORO -- A Hamilton County man has been sentenced to 8 1/2 years in prison for having child porn.

Brandon S. Skelton, 29, pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of possession of child pornography.

Skelton was already in jail for retail theft when prosecutors filed the new charges in early February.

McLeansboro Police said at the time of his arrest for the theft, Skelton gave his phone to friends for help in raising his bail. Police say those friends discovered the child porn and turned the phone over to authorities.

In exchange for his plea, five other counts against Skelton, including the retail theft, were dismissed.

After his release from prison, Skelton will serve a period of mandatory supervised release and will be required to register as a sex offender.

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