A Vandalia man has been sentenced in Fayette County Court to 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. 37-year old Ryan J. Koontz of Vandalia was sentenced Tuesday morning following a conviction earlier this year on ten counts of possessing and disseminating child pornography. During the sentencing hearing, testimony for the state was heard from Illinois State Police investigator Tom Berola who works in the High Teach Crimes Unit as well as Steven Strahm who is a digital forensics examiner for the Illinois Attorney General’s office. While Berola spoke to the resources used during a search for Koontz following his no-show at his original scheduled jury trial, Strahm testified as to the over 900 files found on Koontz’s computer including over 70 pending downloads including files with known keywords relating to child pornography. While the defense called no witnesses to testify, defense attorney Ed Veltman read a statement in allocution from Koontz in which Koontz accepted full responsibility for his actions and asked for a light sentence so that he may have a second chance to be a productive citizen. Following all arguments, Judge Marc Kelly called a recess after which he returned his sentencing. On each of the two Class X felony counts of disseminating child pornography, Koontz was sentenced to 15 years in the Department of Corrections to be served consecutive to each other as well as $2000 fine plus court costs and 3 years to life mandatory supervised release. On each of the remaining eight counts, all Class 2 felonies, Koontz was sentenced to four years sex offender probation and $1000 fine. Koontz will receive credit for 516 days served and is required to serve 50% of his sentence.