Friday, September 21, 2007

Attorney Gets Five Years in Child Porno Case

Posted on Fri, Sep 21, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Memphis attorney Drayton Beecher Smith II was sentenced to five years in prison Friday for possession and receipt of child pornography by U.S. District Judge Bernice Donald.

Smith, 57, pled guilty in June to receiving child pornography on a computer. The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative led by federal and state prosecutors.

Smith's sentence may raise some eyebrows. It is longer than Mary Winkler’s sentence for fatally shooting her husband, longer than Willie Madison's sentence for defrauding a day-care center (Donald also handed down that sentence), and nearly as long as John Ford's sentence in Tennessee Waltz.

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