SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, Tammy Dickinson, has announced that a Joplin, Mo., man and women were sentenced today in federal court for receiving child pornography over the Internet after the estranged couple turned each other in to law enforcement.

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According to a news release, Ernest “Andy” Britten, 37, of Joplin, Mo., and his ex-wife, Kendra Britten, 34, of Miami, Okla., formerly of Joplin, were sentenced today in separate appearances before U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Bough. Each were sentenced to 20 years in federal prison without parole, the maximum statutory penalty. The court also ordered each of them to pay a $40,000 fine and sentenced them to a supervised release for the rest of their lives following incarceration.

Kendra Britten pleaded guilty on January, 19, 2016, to receiving child pornography over the Internet. Ernest Britten pleaded guilty on October 5, 2015, to receiving child pornography over the Internet.

Kendra Britten brought a computer into the Joplin Police Department on November 10, 2011, because it contained child pornography. The computer, a Smildon Raidmax Gaming Deluxe, was used by both Kendra and then-husband, Ernest Britten. Kendra decided to turn in the computer after Ernest Britten had threatened to report her for possessing child pornography.

Investigators reportedly found 59 videos and 29 images of child pornography on the computer. The videos included children ages 3 to 14, and also included bondage. According to court documents, the Brittens utilized a peer-to-peer file sharing network to download child pornography.

The case was suspended after officers were unable to locate the Brittens. Officers were contacted on January 8, 2014, by the Miami, Okla., requesting information for the investigation of the Brittens for manufacturing child pornography and sexually abusing an 8-year-old victim.

This case was investigated by the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crime Task Force and the Missouri State Highway Patrol. It was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney Ami Harshad Miller.