GRIFTON -

A Grifton man convicted in a child pornography case was sentenced to more than 15 years in federal prison.

Thomas Andrew Taylor, 53, pleaded guilty in March to receiving child porn on a laptop computer.

He tried to destroy the laptop by throwing it into a creek in Kinston.

The computer was found and processed for evidence.

Taylor was sentenced Tuesday to 188 months in prison, followed by 15 years of supervised release.

Taylor is a former Kinston fire captain and Greene County reserve deputy sheriff.