Jacksonville, Fla. (CW69 News at 10) – U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan sentenced Lonnie Lawrence Mercer, Jr. , 42, of Jacksonville to 20 years in federal prison, and a 15-year term of supervised release, for possessing images of child sexual abuse.

There is no parole in the Federal Prison System.

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Mercer had pleaded guilty on July 5, 2020.

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According to court records, Mercer possessed images of child sexual abuse on his cellular telephone depicting the lewd and lascivious display of the genitals of a child younger than 12 years of age. The child’s mother told law enforcement that she discovered 8-10 explicit photos on Mercer’s phone and confronted Mercer, after which a physical altercation ensued.

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