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Billings man sentenced to prison for possessing child pornography

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A Billings man who admitted to possessing hundreds of images of child pornography will spend a year in federal prison.

Robert Hice, 69, was sentenced in Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Billings to 12 months and one day in prison for the felony charge.

Hice was initially charged with receiving and sending child pornography, but he only admitted at an April change of plea hearing to possessing the illegal images.

The FBI launched an investigation in November after agents detected a peer-2-peer server that was transmitting images and videos of child pornography.

 A search of Hice's hard drive revealed he had downloaded and deleted more than 200 sexually explicit video files involving young children.

Hice’s defense attorney, Sandy Selvey, explained in a sentencing memorandum that Hice is a good person whose criminal actions came as a shock to everyone who knew him.

According to Selvey, Hice is a decorated war veteran who is completely disabled.

“Hice’s criminal conduct in this case truly appears to be an aberration in what was otherwise a lawful life,” Selvey wrote in the document.

Hice was deemed a low risk offender by a psycho-sexual therapist, according to Selvey.

Judge Susan Watters followed the plea agreement at sentencing.

Hice was also ordered to be under supervision for 10 years after his release and pay a $10,000 fine.

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