Iowa man gets lengthy sentence for repeat child porn offense

This is Mark Fredrick Sandell's second conviction of receiving child pornography

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A western Iowa man has been handed a lengthy sentence in federal prison for a second conviction of receiving child pornography.

Federal prosecutors for Iowa say 63-year-old Mark Fredrick Sandell, of Red Oak, was sentenced last week to 15 years in federal prison.

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Prosecutors say that at the time of Sandell’s offense, he was already on supervised release for a previous conviction of receiving child porn.

At his sentencing Friday, his release for the prior offense was revoked, and he was ordered to serve an additional 2 1/2 years on top of the 15-year sentence. There is no parole in the federal system.

Authorities say Sandell’s latest conviction came in the wake of a Nebraska State Patrol investigation.

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