Man sentenced in child exploitation case in Columbus

By The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Miss. — A 67-year-old Columbus man has been sentenced to serve five years in prison for exploiting children for pornography.

WCBI-TV in Columbus reports that Noel Sumrall Jr. was sentenced Tuesday in Lowndes County Circuit Courts after pleading guilty to state charges. Sumrall was sentenced to 15 years with 10 years suspended.

Sumrall pleaded guilty in March to federal child pornography charges and is awaiting sentencing. He faces up to 10 years on those charges.

Sumrall was arrested in December of 2011 after Columbus police acted on a tip and searched his home.

Authorities say they found several crates with pictures of nude children between the ages of 4 and 17. Computers and other electronic records were later seized and federal agencies got involved.

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