St. Louis man gets 290 years on child pornography charges

Jul 5, 2011

The former owner of a St. Louis County video gaming business has been sentenced to 3,480 months in prison on federal child pornography charges - that's 290 years for those of you doing the math - according to an announcement from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

The sentence imposed on 43-year-old Leland Beasley is the "largest sentence ever imposed in the Eastern District of Missouri" according to the announcement.

The announcement states that at his jury trial in April Beasley was found guilty of:

  • 10 counts of production of child pornography (involving 10 different victims).
  • 2 counts of possession of child pornography. 

States Attorney Rich Callahan said in the statement that, “while it’s ordinarily a picture that speaks a thousand words, in this instance it’s a sentence that is speaking a thousand words.”

Federal public defender Nanci McCarthy told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Beasley still faces related charges in St. Louis and St. Louis County.