A Merced man was sentenced Monday to 6 1/2 years in prison and 10 years of supervised release for possession of child pornography, Acting U.S. Attorney Lawrence Brown said.
Richard Clyde McNichols, 31, had more than 600 images of child pornography on a computer, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney David Gappa, who prosecuted the case.
Some of the images were of prepubescent minors and some depicted violence or sadistic or masochistic conduct, Gappa added.
McNichols faced state charges, but they were dismissed in favor of federal prosecution.
McNichols was indicted on Feb. 5 and he pleaded guilty on May 26, at which time he was taken into federal custody.
The case is the result of an investigation by the Merced Police Department.