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.