Mt. Vernon Man to Spend Life in Prison After Child Porn Convictions

Mt. Vernon Man to Spend Life in Prison After Child Porn Convictions

JEFFERSON COUNTY (WRXX) – A 26-year-old Mt. Vernon man will spend the rest of his life in prison after Judge Jerry Crisel sentenced him Thursday in Jefferson County Court to more than 150 years in prison.

Zachary Terry was sentenced to 152 years in prison on 19 counts of Class X felony possession of child pornography depicting children under the age of 13. Terry was tried in a bench trial in October.

Judge Crisel took the matter under advisement following two days of evidence and testimony and ultimately found Terry guilty of all but one of the 20 counts.

He was facing a sentencing range between 114 years and 570 years in prison.

Terry was arrested in May after an investigation into a report of domestic battery led to an investigation into the child pornography charges.

The case against Terry was scheduled to go before a jury over the fall, but just days before the trial was set to begin, the defendant opted to instead be tried by tried a judge and waived his right to a jury of his peers.

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