Augusta man gets 40 years for exploiting minor

An Augusta man will spend 40 years behind bars after he was convicted late Friday of 30 counts of exploitation of a minor.

Michael Birchfield’s sentence will be served without the chance of parole and he will register as a sex offender upon release.

Testimony at trial showed that Birchfield’s cell phone was discovered lying on the ground outside the Corner Store in Harrisburg on Aug. 11, 2011. The woman who found it said she flipped through the pictures on the phone to see if it belonged to anyone she knew and saw graphic images of children.

The prosecution linked that phone and images found on a home computer to Birchfield; Birchfield’s attorneys argued that more than one person had access to the computer

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