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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.

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  • Kimberly Haynes-Belk

    How can he get a reduced sentence? If he’s not going to be charged as a habitual offender then neither should anyone else. Plus he has a child pornography charge. There should be no way they could even be looking into him getting a reduced sentence. If that is the case why can’t my husband have a reduced sentence and take away the habitual offender charge for only having a little possession of cocaine. Mississippi laws seem to only work for white people no matter what they do. My husband never hurt anybody and he gets 8 years mandatory. This guy hurt children and is about to get a reduced sentence wow!

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