A Hannibal man pleaded guilty to two felony charges of possession of child pornography and will appear for a February sentencing hearing.

A Hannibal man pleaded guilty to two felony charges of possession of child pornography and will appear for a February sentencing hearing.

Lee V. Gatlin, of Hannibal, entered the plea before Judge Rachel Bringer Shepherd Monday, Nov. 20, in Marion County Circuit Court.

Public Defender Jennifer Richardson represented Gatlin. Marion County Prosecuting Attorney David Clayton represented the state. According to online court records, Gatlin pleaded not guilty to the two charges during a Monday, Aug. 14 hearing. The two class B felonies each carry a punishment range of between five and 15 years in prison, and the terms could be carried out consecutively or concurrently.

According to a probable cause statement filed in September 2015, a woman found a cell phone on the side of U.S. 61 in Hannibal. The woman, in an attempt to locate the phone’s owner, looked through photos and discovered what she believed to be child pornography. She turned the cell phone over to the Hannibal Police Department.

The phone was sent to the St. Charles Cybercrime Task Force for analysis.

Gatlin is scheduled to appear before Shepherd for a sentencing hearing at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 5.