William Wellington “Billy” Hooper of Mathews was sentenced to life in prison on Monday by Judge David Novak of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in Richmond.
The sentence came after a jury trial last September, during which Hooper was convicted of four counts of crimes involving minors. At that time, it took the jury less than an hour and a half to deliberate before returning guilty verdicts on charges of conspiracy to produce child pornography, production of child pornography, and two counts of coercion and enticement of a minor.
Hooper was sentenced to life on each of the two counts of coercion and enticement as well as 30 years on each of the other charges, all four sentences to run concurrently.
In a lengthy, handwritten statement, Hooper raised numerous objections to the pre-sentence report that was completed by the government after his conviction, but the judge did not accept them. He said that most of the objections were related to the fact t...
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