Apparently, prison life has not been what Gary Blankenship expected.
Blankenship, 57, formerly of Neosho and at one time an official at O'Sullivan Industries, has filed documents attempting to get out of his prison sentence...despite the fact that he was not convicted, but pleaded guilty Oct. 19 to possession of child pornography and promoting obscenity. Apparently, he received more prison time than he expected after agreeing to plea guilty to only two counts, isntead of the original 10.
Blankenship was caught by one of Diamond Police officer Jim Murray's ongoing Internet sex stings. Murray entered a chat room pretending to be an underaged girl. Police say Blankenship propositioned the "teen," arranged for a meeting with her to have sex, then was arrested when he arrived on Jan. 27, 2005.
Blankenship was initially charged with eight counts of possession of child pornography, one count of enticing a child, and one count of promoting obscene material to a minor.
The case was heard in McDonald County Circuit Court on a change of venue from Newton County.
Judge Kevin Selby ruled on March 29 that Blankenship could proceed as a pauper, meaning the taxpayers will pay for a public defender to represent him.