AUGUSTA, GA — A couple who admitted to producing and sharing child pornography during a plot to sexually exploit an 8-year-old girl has pleaded guilty to federal charges.

Charles Brandon Powell, 33, of Hephzibah, Georgia and Carrie Marie Minton, 25, of Cordoba, South Carolina, pleaded guilty Monday, July 8, to one count of production of child pornography in U.S. District Court before Chief Judge J. Randall Hall, said Bobby L. Christine, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. The charge carries a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum of 30 years, followed by supervised release of five years to life. There is no parole in the federal system, a release from the Department of Justice said.

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