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Former Kinston Councilman Sentenced To 6.5 Years In Prison, Lifetime Probation

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A former Kinston city councilman has been sentenced to prison.

William Barker was sentenced to 6 and a half years in prison, as well as supervised probation for the remainder of his life. He was also given a $10,000 fine.

The sentencing hearing was held at the federal courthouse in Wilmington.

Barker was arrested last November by the State Bureau of Investigation after Fremont Police said they found a thumb drive in town hall that contained child porn.

Barker, who was a certified public accountant at the time, was working on the town's finances.

The SBI said a search of Barker's home revealed more than 4,000 pictures and 100 videos of the illegal pornography.

Barker served as Kinston's mayor pro tem when he left office in 2011.

The state Board of Certified Public Account Examiners permanently revoked Barker's CPA license on July 22nd.


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A sentencing date has been set for a former city councilman in Kinston who pleaded guilty to child pornography charges.

Will Barker will be sentenced on September 3 at the federal courthouse in Wilmington.

The 44-year-old was arrested last November by the State Bureau of Investigation after Fremont Police said they found a thumb drive in town hall that contained child porn.

Barker, who was a certified public accountant at the time, was working on the town's finances.

The SBI said a search of Barker's home revealed more than 4,000 pictures and 100 videos of the illegal pornography.

Barker faces up to 20 years in federal prison along with fines up to $250,000.

Barker served as Kinston's mayor pro tem when he left office in 2011.

The state Board of Certified Public Account Examiners permanently revoked Barker's CPA license on July 22nd.


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