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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Plea deal results in 10-year sentence in child porn case

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  • A Wilson man, charged in a 2013 multi-count child pornography case, has been sentenced to spend the next 10 years of his life behind bars.
    Four weeks ago, Larry Roberts was maintaining his innocence when he appeared in Carter County District Court on March 6 for formal arraignment in the case charging him with 13 counts of possession of juvenile pornography. He apparently had a change of heart late last week. Court records show he entered a guilty plea Thursday in front of District Judge Dennis Morris.
    District Attorney Craig Ladd confirmed Tuesday Roberts’ plea was based on a plea bargain with his office.
    “He entered a guilty plea to two out of the 13 counts. The rest were dismissed,” Ladd said, adding the plea bargain exchanged the guilty pleas for a sentence recommendation of 20 years with all but 10 years suspended.
    The 42-year-old Roberts was remanded to the custody of the sheriff following his plea. Roberts was last behind bars at the county jail following his arrest by Carter County deputies Nov. 12 at his Wilson residence. Roberts was taken into custody after the Carter County Sheriff’s Department served a search warrant at the residence. At the time, investigators said the search warrant was obtained based on information developed by an inquiry spurred by a tip. Deputies Danny King and Gus Handke led the investigation that resulted in the seizure of Roberts’ computer and his arrest.
    At the time of his arrest and the filing of charges, Roberts was detained at the Carter County Detention Center. In November, he was released from jail after posting a $20,000 bond set on the charges. This time Roberts will remain detained at the CCDC pending his transfer to a state prison.
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