PASCAGOULA -- A Pascagoula man will spend three years in prison for possessing child pornography.
Richard Matthew Berry appeared before Circuit Judge Kathy King Jackson on Friday.
Berry pleaded guilty in November to two charges of child exploitation.
In exchange for the plea, the state recommended a sentence of 20 years on each charge to run concurrently, with a total of three years to serve day for day.
Jackson followed the sentencing recommendation, also ordering Berry to pay a total of $4,000 in fines, $250 to the Crime Victims' Compensation Fund and $1,000 to the Mississippi Children's Trust Fund. In addition, the judge ordered him to register as a sex offender for life.
Berry was arrested in September 2011 on a charge of possession of child pornography, which is prosecuted in the state as child exploitation.
Berry admitted to possessing two photographs on Aug. 15, 2011, of children engaged in sexual conduct.
Jackson County sheriff's investigators arrested Berry after serving a search warrant at his home in the 500 block of Orange Street, where they seized electronic devices that contained child pornography.
He was jailed on a $50,000 bond, but later bonded out of jail.
Assistant District Attorney Angel Myers prosecuted the case.
District Attorney Tony Lawrence said, "The children depicted in these images are re-victimized each and every time the images are viewed, downloaded or shared. Child pornography is not a victimless crime."