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Former ‘American Idol’ finalist sentenced to 70 years in prison

Brandon Cox (Alabama Department of Corrections)

Brandon Cox (Alabama Department of Corrections)

In 2012, Brandon Cox, 26, stood on the brink of stardom on the hit reality TV show “‘American Idol.” The native of Wetumpka, Alabama, made it all the way to the Hollywood rounds before being voted off the show. Now, almost five years later, he is facing the prospect of dying in prison after a judge handed down a sentence of 70 years for a conviction of possessing child pornography.

The stiff sentence was given because of the nature of the images, which included infants and toddlers engaging in sex acts.

District Attorney Randall Houston described Cox as “sick” and stated to one media outlet, “It’s very rare for us to deal with child porn cases where the images depict such young victims. Usually, it may be young girls, 14 to 15, which is bad, don’t get me wrong. But he had photos and videos of toddlers, 4- or 5-year-olds.There were even photos of an infant engaged in sexual acts.”

The state of Alabama asked for the maximum sentence in the case. Assistant District Attorney Kristy Peoples said, “Judge the evidence at trial brought out the horrific nature of the videos and images. There were hundreds of images that depicted what can only be described as outrageous acts done to children, mostly male children.”

Peoples later stated to media, “We are talking about toddlers, sexual penetration, oral sex, and the horrific nature of these photos and the quantity of the photos.”

Cox has maintained that he was innocent of the crime and plans to appeal his sentencing; in addition, his attorney has asked the court to assign him another lawyer for his appeal. Peoples went on to say that there was a concern for Cox’s 4-year-old son in light of the evidence presented at his trial. She stated, “It was a huge concern. Most of the children in these images and videos were male toddlers and younger male children.”


  1. Mason Youngblood on April 16, 2017 at 8:24 am

    He should have been given 70 times 7 years.

  2. The Truth on April 16, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    His @ should be castrated…with his sick @! He should get life on everyone of those children who was photographed, like 500 hundred years on each child, he shouldn’t never be in society again!!

    • Whiteguy on April 16, 2017 at 5:57 pm

      Just like every other black criminal.

      • The Truth on April 16, 2017 at 6:27 pm

        It has nothing to do with color!

        • Whiteguy on April 16, 2017 at 6:34 pm

          More blacks in prison than whites! Are they all innocent?

          • The Truth on April 16, 2017 at 7:41 pm

            YES!!! You all commit a crime and blame it on a black man! Remember Susan Aikens??

          • Whiteguy on April 17, 2017 at 5:58 am

            Remember the shooting in Cleveland yesterday? What was the total for Chicago last weekend?

          • Melvetta Jenkins on April 17, 2017 at 10:42 am

            Remember the Colorado theater shootings, Charleston 9, Jeffrey Dahmer, need I go on?

          • SrAgri on April 17, 2017 at 12:03 pm

            Why do people always point to mass shootings as evidence of “white crime”?

            Blacks were responsible for 14 mass shootings and whites for 48 between 1982 and 2016.

            According to the 2010 US census:
            White only – 72% of population (223.6 million)
            Black only – 13% of population (38.9 million)

            Therefore, there are about 6 white people for every 1 black person in the US. That means that, statistically, a black person is 75% more likely than a white person to go on a shooting rampage.

            In reality, though, there are so few mass shootings that their impact is not highly meaningful in a discussion of crime statistics.

          • Melvetta Jenkins on April 17, 2017 at 1:39 pm

            The truth. Y’all are the biggest thieves and murderers on this planet. Been doing it for centuries. And it’s not just mass shootings either. The only thing y’all can do is cry about Chicago because the media told you to. Typical sheep behavior.

          • SrAgri on April 17, 2017 at 1:45 pm

            Do you care to cite any statistics on that? From where exactly are you pulling your “facts”? I could venture a guess…

          • sweetd on April 18, 2017 at 7:16 am


          • SrAgri on April 18, 2017 at 8:57 am

            You are incoherent. If English is not your first language, try an on-line translator.

          • sweetd on April 18, 2017 at 5:32 pm

            the deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular ethnic group or nation.
            synonyms: mass murder, mass homicide, massacre;

          • SrAgri on April 19, 2017 at 8:12 pm


          • Jason on May 9, 2017 at 6:40 pm

            You forgot to ad “carried out mainly by Whites against non-Whites since humans were known to have walked the planet”.

          • SrAgri on May 11, 2017 at 12:15 pm

            If you had any intellect, you would be guilty of intellectual dishonesty. Based on your posts, though, I suspect this is a moot point.

            Instances of genocide committed by black people:
            – Haiti
            – Rwanda
            – Zimbabwe
            – South Africa (ongoing)

          • Mason Youngblood on April 18, 2017 at 10:10 am

            Whites are responsible for Hundreds of thousands of lynchings of innocent black men, women, and are responsible for 0 lynchings on neither innocent OR guilty whites. And don’t try to explain this one because your comments has been and will be bullsh!t.

          • SrAgri on April 18, 2017 at 10:32 am

            There’s nothing to explain. Your comment is a bold-faced lie and you know it.

          • Mason Youngblood on April 18, 2017 at 12:11 pm

            ….’nuff said.

          • Guest on April 18, 2017 at 11:19 am

            Could you Google stats on pedophilia, incest and bestiality please? I’m just curious.

          • SrAgri on April 18, 2017 at 11:37 am

            No, but you can.

          • Guest on April 18, 2017 at 2:58 pm

            That’s what I thought.

          • Andrea Reeves on May 6, 2017 at 8:05 am

            @srAgri: I think you should shut -up know everything that was spoken by my black sisters and brothers have been well documented its in our libraries, museums , History Books,movies, that was based on true stories, the most sought after Book on the planet 🙁 The Holy Bible) so it is enough said you have officially been Roasted,fried and oven baked.

          • SrAgri on May 6, 2017 at 2:39 pm

            Are you a real person or a bot? That post doesn’t even make any sense.

            If you want a racist, I’ll tell you the same thing a white supremacist – leave the Bible out of it, it does support your racist views.

          • The Truth on April 18, 2017 at 12:04 pm

            Open your damn ‘EYES’…can’t you see or are you spiritually blinded?

          • sweetd on April 18, 2017 at 5:32 pm

            Spiritually blinded?!! Lmao fool.

          • The Truth on April 18, 2017 at 5:52 pm

            LMAO!!! Ignorant ‘FOOL’!!

          • Whiteguy on April 18, 2017 at 6:14 pm

            Jeffery Dahmer ate people. He was clearly insane. You can try to say insabe people are the same as thugs when commuting the crime but the law and society do no agree with you.

            Go on all you want but black gangs shooting 9 year olds for fun has no excuses.

  3. Austin J. on April 23, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    Guys, while this is a despicable crime, this is a sickness that probably stemmed from him being molested as a child, exposed to sex at a young age, couple with depression and rejection and not knowing. Now as he became an adult, he should have got help, but who can you confess this type of issue to and not end up locked up. The demons were to big for him to handle on his own. Now, it’s far different then him viewing pictures, to committing the actual act of it. 70 yrs is harsh for images. And I’m not taking up for him..Yes, I think that he should be locked up and treated for this illness. We all have issues, some that are considered illegal that many wrestle with, your friends and colleagues that you love and never know about. But you would want them to get help not jailed. Again, 70 yrs is a long time for this sickness.