Officers had gone to James Marshall's house in October to serve an arrest warrant. What they found were thousands of images of naked children.
Those pictures led Marshall, 44, of Ladonia to plead guilty today in Russell County Circuit Court to possession of obscene material -- a conviction expected to net him 2 1/2 years in prison, said Assistant District Attorney Max Smith.
Marshall wasn't in his home when law enforcement arrived Oct. 21 to serve the warrant. Instead, they noticed someone was in the shed behind his house.
"They knocked on the door and he opened the door, and he's sitting there with thousands of images of nude children," Smith said.
Cartoon images and pictures on DVDs and discs were also found. Smith said no local children were depicted, but instead that the images were likely downloaded from the Internet.
Marshall must register as a sex offender as part of his sentence, Smith said. He remains out on bond until his July sentencing before Judge George Greene.