LOWNDES COUNTY, Miss. (WCBI) — A Lowndes County man whose case attracted statewide attention gets a chance to have his sentenced reduced. But he won’t get out of prison.
The state Court of Appeals ruled today that 62-year-old Robert Triplett Junior’s conviction on charges of exploitation of a child should stand. However, the court overturned the habitual offender portion of his 40-year sentence because one of his prior convictions arose from the same case as the exploitation charge.
He will be resentenced. He could still get 40 years but might not have to serve it day-for-day as a habitual offender.
Triplett was charged after his stepdaughter, Kayla Morris, disappeared in September 2009. During a search for clues, Lowndes sheriff’s detectives found child pornography on Triplett’s computers. Morris has never been found.