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Federal appeal denied in enticement case

Danny Van Velkinburgh arrested in July 2007
Danny Van Velkinburgh arrested in July 2007
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Updated: 2/19 2:51 pm
OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) -- A federal court judge has denied the appeal of a Brandon man serving prison time for enticement of a child.

Danny J. Van Velkinburgh, 54, is currently serving the remainder of a 148 month sentence in the Yazoo Federal Correctional Facility.

Van Velkinburgh was arrested by Lee County authorities on July 3, 2007 after they say he drove from his home to Tupelo to meet a 14-year-old girl for sex.

His arrest was one of several made during an investigation into internet sex crimes being conducted by the department.

Van Velkinburgh was convicted in May of 2008 following a jury trial.

He appealed claiming his attorney didn't investigate the case, didn't call witnesses who could help his defense, didn't provide him with a pre-sentencing report and didn't properly argue the sentence enhancement because the child was a minor.

A federal judge ruled the attorney work to see Van Velkinburgh received a fair trial and the appeal was without merit.




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