BY THE COLUMBUS PACKET
Northside Columbus resident Noel Everett Sumrall, Jr, of 811 5th Ave North, was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday in Lowndes County Circuit Court. Sumrall was removed from his home by authorities Tuesday morning. He was represented by Columbus attorneys David Owen and Mose Lee Sudduth.
Owen said “the sentence seemed appropriate” Wednesday evening but offered no further comment.
Sumrall still faces charges in US Federal Court after he pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography in Aberdeen earlier this year. He had also been indicted on a count of Exploitation of a Child, but the latter charge was dismissed as part of a plea bargain agreement.
Sumrall, 66, was originally arrested in December, 2011 after a police raid on his residence turned up at least seven large trunks filled with images of naked male and female children, ranging in age from four to seventeen; similar images of adults were also found at the location. The raid took place due, in part, to a tip from a concerned citizen. The majority of the items were reportedly those depicting young boys; a wide variety of media was seized, and authorities believe that he had been compiling the collection for several decades.
Local police apprehended Sumrall at the time of the raid and he was later indicted on the Federal charge in late August 2012.
In September 2012, the FBI arrested him. After his initial arrest by Columbus Police, Sumrall was issued a $7,500 bond by Columbus Municipal Judge Nicole Clinkscales, which many locals felt was extraordinarily low for such a charge; the judge also required that he not have any contact with children to whom he was not related by blood, and that he was not likely to be a flight risk, due to his connections with the community.