Prescott Valley man gets 10 years in prison for uploading child pornography
PRESCOTT - A man who Prescott Valley police arrested after an Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigation said he had uploaded two child pornography images accepted a plea agreement and was sentenced on Monday to 10 years in prison, followed by lifetime probation.
Shakiyl D. Law, 26, of Prescott Valley, was indicted on two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor after a search warrant served in July resulted in the seizure of two computers, according to a police probable cause statement.
The day after the warrant was served, Law, who was not home when police searched his residence, voluntarily came into the PVPD.
"Shakiyl stated that he enjoys viewing boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 10," the statement said.
He also told investigators "that he knew viewing child pornography is illegal."
Law pleaded guilty to one count of sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of attempted sexual exploitation of a minor, which could have resulted in a prison term of nearly 40 years. However, the terms of the plea agreement stipulated that Law would be sentenced to no more than 10 years, and a grant of five years to lifetime probation after that.
Law's attorney, Matt Cochran argued for a shorter term of probation following the prison sentence. "Mr. Law does not have any prior felony convictions," Cochran said. "He cooperated (with the police), going in voluntarily when he heard they were looking for him. He's taken responsibility" for his actions.
But Superior Court Judge Tina Ainley disagreed, saying that "it should at least start as lifetime probation," leaving open the possibility that the term could be reduced later.
The prison term imposed by Ainley is a flat-time sentence, meaning that Law cannot be released early for any reason.