Columbia man sentenced for possessing child pornography

Columbia man sentenced for possessing child pornography

COLUMBIA, MS (WDAM) - A  25-year-old Columbia man was sentenced Friday on one count of child exploitation, according to the Attorney General's Office.

Jovon Eugene Kendrick pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced  in Lawrence County Circuit Court by Judge Prentiss Harrell.

Kendrick was sentenced to 40 years with 10 to serve and 30 years post-release supervision. He must register as a sex offender and pay a $5,000 fine in addition to $1,000 to the Children's Trust Fund, according to Attorney General Jim Hood.

"Our cybercrime division continues fighting the acts of these perverts every day," said Hood. "This young man had videos and pictures of children as young as four years old engaged in sexual activity. That is absolutely disgusting, and I am pleased that Judge Harrell has put him where he can't continue to abuse our precious children."

Kendrick was arrested in April following an investigation of his online activity. He was arrested by investigators with the Attorney General's Cyber Crime Unit with assistance from the Columbia Police Department.

This case was prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Brandon Ogburn of the Attorney General's Cyber Crime Unit.