Lander man sentenced for possessing child porn

Lander resident Joseph Hendrix was sentenced today in Wyoming's Ninth District Court for Sexual Exploitation of Children. He has been incarcerated since April 2, 2015, when the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation executed a search of his home computer for child pornography. Judge Marvin Tyler, taking into account Hendrix's lack of criminal history, the word of character of witnesses, and a recommendation from Probation/Parole, sentenced Hendrix to 9-10 years in prison, which will be suspended for a minimum five years of supervised probation. Tyler said from everything he heard, he believed Hendrix could successfully complete probation, but he wanted to provide extra incentive and that's why he made the formal sentence nearly as strict as possible per state statute. Hendrix has served 294 days in jail, and he will be granted credit for time served. Should he fail probation, the full length of the prison sentence will be imposed. Hendrix's family attended the hearing, several having travelled from Florida and Georgia to speak on his behalf. They all said that while he's made mistakes, he always owns up to them and never repeats them. He told the court that he never intended to hurt anyone, but admitted that he did. In imposing the sentence, Tyler said that this crime is one of the worst non-violent crimes in his opinion. Every time a case like this comes before him, he said that he tries to impose a sentence that could deter others from doing the same crime and slowly chips away at the growing ease of availability of child pornography on the internet. Court documents indicate that in late February and early March, Special Agents tracked child pornography with known child victims being downloaded via peer-to-peer software to an Internet Protocol (IP) address registered to Hendrix in Lander. #county10 #news