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Hammond man pleads no contest in child pornography case

Posted: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 | Views: 2421

Hammond man pleads no contest in child pornography case
AMITE—Sentencing is scheduled Nov. 28 for a Hammond man who pleaded no contest on child pornography charges.

Because the defendant has no prior convictions, 21st Judicial District Court Judge Jeff Johnson indicated he will likely sentence 28-year-old Kristopher L. Morgan of Hammond to 10 years in the Department of Corrections following his plea in court on Wednesday.

Morgan was accused of pornography

Johnson said that if Morgan remains out of trouble between now and sentencing, he will be inclined to sentence Morgan to 10 years in DOC. That sentence would be served without benefits and would not be eligible for appeal, according to the agreement entered into the court record on Wednesday.

Johnson said sentencing guidelines allow a maximum of 40 years for pornography involving a child under the age of 13.

By pleading no contest, Morgan waived his right to a trial, including a jury trial. The defendant acknowledged that he understood that his no contest plea would also nullify any right to appeal his sentence.

Additionally, Morgan will be required to register as a sex offender, and that registration will be mandatory for 25 years following his release from prison.

Johnson scheduled Morgan’s sentencing for 1 p.m. on the Nov. 28 court date in Amite.