Two Lamar County Residents Going to Prison For Child Exploitation

July 1, 2014

Two Lamar County residents are going to prison after pleading guilty to one count of child exploitation, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Hunter Richardson Howell, 31, of Hattiesburg, and Robert Shawn Sumrall, 29, of Purvis, each pled guilty to one count of child exploitation before special circuit Judge William E. Andrews, III in Lamar County on Monday.

Each defendant was sentenced to a term of 10 years with five years to serve, five suspended and five years post release supervision.  The defendants must also pay an assessment of $1,000 to the crime victims compensation fund and register as sex offenders.  The Attorney General’s investigation showed both defendants were in possession of multiple images of child pornography.

The cases developed following arrests by the Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit/Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, with assistance from Lamar County Sheriff’s Office.  The cases were prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Brandon Ogburn.

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