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Man ask judge for lighter sentence

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Updated: 8/07 3:23 pm
OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) -- A Lee County man is asking a federal court judge for a lighter sentence for a conviction on federal child pornography charges.

James William Smith was indicted in 2011 after investigators say he had child pornography on his computer at work.

He was convicted by a jury in 2012, but a federal judge later through out the conviction when Smith made a motion for a new trial.

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated the conviction in January saying evidence presented at trial was enough for a jury to reach a verdict of guilty.

Smith is asking for a downward variance, a request for the judge to use discretion in sentencing him to a shorter time in prison.

He also filed a motion with the court for a new trial, but so far there has been no ruling on the motion.

 
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