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Reported by Anna Marie Hartman

Memphis attorney sentenced in child porn case

A Mid-South attorney who pled guilty to child pornography charges was sentenced Friday. Drayton Beecher Smith, once the attorney for the Elvis Presley estate, now knows his fate.

Smith was once a well respected local attorney. After pleading guilty to child pornography charges, Smith lost his license to practice law and a federal judge sentenced him to five years behind bars.

Thirty years ago, Beecher Smith was Elvis Presley's attorney. He's been a well respected lawyer ever since.

"Beecher has been a preeminent probate attorney. He has been a writer, he's been very active in civic matters around the community and he's just a well respected gentleman," says Beecher's attorney, Mark McDaniel.

In June, Smith pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography he viewed on the Internet.

The victims were multiple minors under the age of 12.

Friday morning, Smith was sentenced to five years in federal prison, and 10 years supervised release, the minimum mandatory sentence under federal guidelines.

"I think he's a good person. I think he's made some very bad decisions and he had a lot of tragedy in his life that led him down that particular path," adds McDaniel.

That tragedy includes the conviction of Smith's identical twin who is serving time in California for molesting a child.

Smith says he was researching his brothers criminal case online when he was lured to pornographic websites. Smith told the judge he was truly sorry.

The judge waived the $500,000 fine associated with those charges. When Smith is released from jail he will have to register as a sex offender.

The prison board will notify Smith where and when to report.

The judge agreed to let him voluntarily surrender himself when its time to start serving his sentence. That's expected in the next four to six weeks.


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