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Red Oak man gets lengthy sentence for repeat child porn offense

63-year-old Mark Fredrick Sandell was sentenced last week to 15 years in federal prison, according to federal prosecutors.
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COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — A western Iowa man has been handed a lengthy sentence in federal prison for a second conviction of receiving child pornography. 

Federal prosecutors for Iowa say 63-year-old Mark Fredrick Sandell, of Red Oak, was sentenced last week to 15 years in federal prison. Prosecutors say that at the time of Sandell's offense, he was already on supervised release for a previous conviction of receiving child porn. 

At his sentencing Friday, his release for the prior offense was revoked, and he was ordered to serve an additional 2 1/2 years on top of the 15-year sentence.

There is no parole in the federal system. Authorities say Sandell's latest conviction came in the wake of a Nebraska State Patrol investigation.

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