A Billings man who amassed a large collection of child pornography while receiving the material for 10 years will spend about eight years in federal prison.

Senior U.S. District Judge Jack Shanstrom held Zakory Ian Boroszuk, 23, responsible for 13,719 images as he sentenced him on Wednesday to eight years and one month for his conviction on receipt of child porn.

He also required Boroszuk to register as a sex offender and ordered him into custody. The judge further ordered the forfeiture of computer equipment used in the crime.

The term, Shanstrom said, will deter others.

The judge followed a recommendation from Assistant U.S. Attorney Marcia Hurd, who suggested a low-end guideline sentence in recognition that Boroszuk, after being charged, sought counseling and has complied with all of his release conditions. The high end of the guideline was about 10 years.

Assistant Federal Defender Mark Werner urged the judge to impose a sentence in the range of five years to six years.

Werner argued that Boroszuk had no criminal history and has worked hard to follow all pre-release conditions and to get counseling.

“It has got to be worth something,” he said.

While acknowledging that Boroszuk had a lot of child porn on his computer, Werner noted that a video is equal to 75 images for calculating a guideline range. Boroszuk’s computer had 444 images and 177 videos of child porn, including material that showed abuse of prepubescent children and children being subjected to sadistic and masochistic abuse.

An evaluation of Boroszuk found that he suffers from severe depression and anxiety and used alcohol almost daily, Werner said. While not excusing receiving child porn, it helps explain Boroszuk’s actions, he said.

Boroszuk pleaded guilty in May to receipt of child porn. Federal agents seized his computer in January 2011 after identifying him as a suspect through file-sharing networks.

Boroszuk told investigators he had been receiving and saving child porn since he was 13, Hurd said.

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