CAPE GIRARDEAU - A New Madrid County man and a Pemiscot County man pled guilty to felony child pornography charges.
Christopher L. Johnson, 27, of Portageville and Kelly R. Wilson, 45, of Steele entered guilty pleas to felony transportation and possession of child pornography before U.S. District Judge Catherine D. Perry.
Both men now face a maximum of 20 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine with the court imposing a period of supervised release of up to life. Sentencing is set for May 10 in Cape Girardeau.
With his guilty plea on Monday, Johnson admitted on Jan. 21, 2005, he transported two video files of child pornography to an undercover FBI agent in Buffalo, N.Y. The defendant used his computer to transport the images. Later on May 18, 2005, a federal search warrant was executed at Johnson's residence in Portageville. FBI agents seized Johnson's computer which revealed that Johnson possessed more than 600 images of child pornography.
In regard to Wilson's guilty plea, Wilson admitted on Feb. 20, 2004, he transported two images of child pornography to a Yahoo! Group using his computer. On June 16, 2004, a federal search warrant was executed at Wilson's residence in Steele. FBI agents seized Johnson's computer, as well as compact disks containing child pornography. Analysis of the saved files revealed that Johnson possessed at least 100 images of child pornography. A New Madrid man has also pled guilty to a felony drug charge.
Demarco Partee, 29, of New Madrid entered a plea of guilty to one felony count of distribution of cocaine base before U.S. District Judge Catherine D. Perry.
Partee now faces a maximum of 40 years imprisonment and a $2 million fine, followed by a period of supervised release of at least four years. Sentencing has been set for May 10 in Cape Girardeau.
With his plea in federal court Monday, Partee admitted that on or about May 2, 2005, he distributed a substance containing cocaine base, or "crack," to an undercover officer in New Madrid County. Specifically, Partee gave the officer 5.7 grams of cocaine base in exchange for $300.
Partee weighed the cocaine base on a set of scales in the officer's presence, then the officer paid him. The sale was captured on videotape.