Two Lamar County residents pleadguilty to child exploitation.
Hunter Richardson Howell, 31, ofHattiesburg, and Robert Shawn Sumrall, 29, of Purvis, each pled guilty to onecount of child exploitation before special circuit Judge William E. Andrews,III in Lamar County on Monday.
Each defendant was sentenced to 10years, with five to serve, five suspended and five years post releasesupervision. According to the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office, thedefendants must pay an assessment of $1,000 to the Crime Victim’s Compensationfund and register as sex offenders.
The investigation showed that bothdefendants were in possession of multiple images of child pornography.