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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.