A 20-year-old Limon woman who agreed to produce child pornography involving an infant has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Monday.
Brandi Leonard's penalty was imposed Thursday by U.S. District Judge Philip A. Brimmer in Denver. She had faced 15 to 30 years under a plea agreement.
Leonard pleaded guilty in April to production of child pornography, admitting that she schemed with Richard Hennis, 41, of Colorado Springs, to produce the graphic material.
The two bonded during online chats during which they explored violent fantasies involving children, authorities said.
When Leonard told Hennis that she had sexually abused an infant, he told her to do it again and photograph it, authorities said. She complied, and investigators later found pictures of the baby on Hennis' phone, the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a news release.
"During their chats, the two defendants discussed in graphic detail kidnapping, raping, killing and dismembering a child between the ages of 4 and 8 years old," the news release said. "Leonard twice during the chat indicated that she didn't intend to go through with it."
The couple initially were charged in March 2016. Hennis, who also pleaded guilty in the case, was sentenced in April to 27 years in federal prison.
Federal authorities did not say how Leonard gained access to the child in question.