A man accused of 16 counts of rape and a raft of child pornography counts, all involving children under 13, received a 50-year prison sentence under a deal with New Orleans prosecutors on Tuesday.
Lawrence D. Jones, 25, averted a trial that was set to begin Tuesday by agreeing to the deal with prosecutors. Jones was first arrested on child pornography counts in April 2016 then rearrested three months later after investigators discovered more evidence on his digital media.
Criminal District Court Judge Tracey Flemings-Davillier imposed the sentence.
Jones was facing 5 counts of first-degree rape, 11 counts of aggravated rape, one count of indecent behavior with a juvenile, 30 counts of production of child pornography and 139 counts of possession of child pornography with a victim under 13.
He faced life in prison if convicted as charged. Under the deal he pleaded to 5 counts of attempted first-degree rape, 11 counts of attempted aggravated rape and to the rest of the counts as charged.
Assistant District Attorney Tiffany Tucker said Jones will need to register as a sex offender for life under the deal.
Jones was represented by defense attorney Lawrence Galle.