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A Bryan man will spend the rest of his life behind bars after receiving more prison time Thursday, this time for child pornography.
District Judge Rick Davis handed down the latest sentence, not veering far from what a Brazos County jury recommended.
Jurors selected the maximum punishment for Brian Lancaster: 1,040 years in prison for 100 counts of possession of child pornography and two counts of promotion of child pornography.
Judge Davis split the punishment in half and sentenced Lancaster to 520 years. The former A&M official must also pay a $1,020,000 fine.
The sentence was added to the 100 years Lancaster, 36, is already serving for molesting children.
Prosecutors urged jurors to make a difference with their verdict.
"Mr. Lancaster is so far gone in terms of being able to be rehabilitated that we're not concerned about him," Brazos County Assistant District Attorney Shane Phelps said. "But, what about that 17-year-old sitting and looking at child pornography. Is it not worth this effort?"
Defense attorneys argued prosecutors were only seeking news headlines and beating a dead horse.
"They (prosecutors) dismiss cases that are pending and that is what should have happened here," Defense Attorney David Barron said. "But you see what it is all about these headlines, and it's all about politics and it has nothing to do with justice."
Investigators found more than 20,000 pornographic images and videos on Lancaster's computer in January. All of those pictures could have amounted to felonies and even more prison time.
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