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US v. Helton, 13-4412

Defendant pled guilty to one count of knowing possession of child pornography in violation of 18 U.S.C. sections 2252A(a)(5) and 2252A(b)(2) and was sentenced to 60 months in prison followed by a lifetime term of supervised release. The judgment is affirmed, where: 1) the district court's conclusion that a lifetime of supervised release was necessary to deter defendant, protect the public from additional crimes by him, and to provide him with the mental health care and corrective treatment he needs, is reasonable; 2) nothing in this case suggests that the court's significant discretion in the sentencing process was abused in a manner that would render the sentence substantively or procedurally unreasonable; 3) the court already modified the conditions of supervised release to alleviate some of the more burdensome requirements; and 4) defendant can still petition for a modification or termination of his term of supervised release at any time after one year of supervised release, provided it is justified by his conduct and in the interest of justice.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 04/02/2015
  • Published 04/02/2015


  • WIlkinson


  • United States Fourth Circuit


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