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Poplar Bluff man sentenced to 120 years for child exploitation

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

A Poplar Bluff man who pleaded guilty to federal child exploitation was sentenced to 120 years in prison.

Jeffrey D. Shelton, 46, of Poplar Bluff pleaded guilty to attempted production of child pornography, production of child pornography, and possession of child pornography on April 17, 2013.

Shelton received the maximum sentence of 120 years: 50 years each for the first two counts, and 20 years on the third count. The sentence is to be served consecutively.

Shelton admitted that on October 24, 2012, he left his home in Poplar Bluff with a 5-year-old child he had abducted several hours earlier and left his cell phone in the home.

Before he left, Shelton assaulted his girlfriend. A neighbor saw the assault and called police.

Shelton's cell phone was turned over to police. Shelton used the phone to produce several videos of the child engaged in sexually explicit conduct, according to the United State Attorney's Office Eastern District of Missouri. Police also found visual depictions of another child.

Shelton threatened both children with serious bodily harm.

Police found more than 200 graphic images of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct on Shelton's laptop.

Shelton had previously been convicted of rape of a child under 16 years of age in 1990 in Texas.

During the sentencing, the judge told Shelton he is a "truly and evil person" and that if he could give him a harsher sentence he would.

In the three victim impact statements read, they all wanted Shelton to get life in prison. They talked about how that incident almost a year ago is still impacting their lives. The two children involved, their parents and Shelton's girlfriend at the time said they receive counseling and can't sleep at night.

Shelton responded to the victim impact statements by saying it would cost $120,000 to keep him in prison and he wished they could multiply that by 120 and give that money to those victims, then spend $4 a bullet for him. Shelton said those people who wrote the letters implied he had no remorse, but he does.

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