William “Billy” Hooper of Mathews has filed an appeal of his federal conviction on charges of conspiracy to produce child pornography, production of child pornography, and two counts of coercion and enticement of a minor.
He was sentenced to serve life in prison on each of the latter charges and 30 years in prison on each of the first two charges, with all sentences to run concurrently.
In the notice of appeal, filed the day after conviction, Hooper’s attorney, John A. Rockecharlie, stated that Hooper is indigent and had requested that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit appoint counsel to represent him.
Rockecharlie said he does not practice in the appellate courts and had moved to withdraw as counsel. The court has appointed Richmond attorney Mark Diamond to represent Hooper.
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