Two Lamar County residents plead
guilty to child exploitation.
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 10
years, with five to serve, five suspended and five years post release
supervision. According to the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office, the
defendants must pay an assessment of $1,000 to the Crime Victim’s Compensation
fund and register as sex offenders.
The investigation showed that 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.