East Naples man sentenced to life in prison for child porn

An East Naples man was sentenced to life in prison Thursday following his conviction last month in one of the county’s largest child pornography cases.

The sentencing of Daniel Enrique Guevara Vilca, 26, came after a six-person jury found him guilty Oct. 6 on 454 counts of possessing child pornography. Collier County sheriff’s investigators seized a computer from Guevara Vilca’s Landover Court apartment in January 2010 and found about 300 sexually explicit pictures containing children and 38 hours of taped child pornography.

Guevara Vilca faced more than 300 years in prison. The minimum sentence under a state score sheet was 152 years in prison.

Guevara Vilca turned down a 25-year plea agreement before trial.

Guevara Vilca’s lawyer, Lee Hollander, argued during the trial that his client’s brother, Carlos, might have downloaded the porn, attempting to establish reasonable doubt. A jury, however, deliberated for about two hours before returning a guilty verdict.

The sentence is the most severe in county history for a child pornography possession case. In 2009, Naples resident Douglas Deering received a 25-year sentence as part of a plea deal on 197 child pornography possession counts.

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