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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Apr 12, 2012

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has upheld the life sentence of a Jackson man who pleaded guilty to exploitation of minors and trafficking in child pornography. Stephen Lynn Hammonds had argued that his sentence by U.S. District Court Judge Bernice Donald was unreasonable and excessive. Writing for the appeals court, Judge Julia Gibbons said Donald did not abuse her discretion: "The district court did consider the mitigating factors in the case but found, appropriately and within its discretion, that concerns about the seriousness of the crime and the need to protect the public were paramount." Read an analysis of the case on Chattanoogan.com or download the opinion