An Anchorage man changed his plea Thursday, but not in the case that drew the public's attention. 

A grand jury indicted Brandon Cockburn, 39, on nine felony child pornography charges in April. Six of the counts were Class A felony charges of distribution of child pornography, while the other three were Class C felony charges of possession of child pornography. 

According to the indictment, Cockburn is accused of possessing and distributing video files depicting the lewd exhibition of children's genitals, masturbation and sexual penetration.  

Thursday, as part of a plea agreement he struck with the Office of Special Prosecutions, Cockburn pleaded guilty to a single charge of possessing child pornography. 

The plea deal involves a involves a sentence of eight years with four suspended, leaving four years of active time to serve, and three years of supervised probation. He will also be required to register as a sex offender for 15 years.

Cockburn first became the subject of media attention in June, when KTVA reported he was named as the suspect in a hit-and-run that left a motorcyclist with several broken bones. 

According to court documents, Cockburn admitted to running a red light at 6th Avenue and Cordova Street on June 20, hitting 28-year-old Tyler Hughes and driving away. 

While he hadn't yet been arraigned on the child pornography charges, he was arraigned on charges of assault and leaving the scene of an accident with injuries, then released on GPS monitoring and supervision by the Pretrial Enforcement Division, and a $2,500 unsecured bond, which didn't require him to pay any money in order to be released.  

"I understand, from the legal side, if this guy is innocent until proven guilty, but I'm pretty sure they pulled him over in a van that's missing a window and some of those pieces of glass are in my skin," said Hughes during a June interview, disappointed with the system that let Cockburn go free before trial so easily.   

When he did show up for his arraignment in the initial case, Judge Michael Corey set bail at $20,000 cash for the child pornography charges. Cockburn was handcuffed in the courtroom and taken back into custody.  

Cockburn faces multiple open felony charges in the pending hit-and-run case, including assault and leaving the scene of an accident. 

His defense attorney declined to comment on Thursday but said the cases are being handled separately. 

An August hearing in the hit-and-run case was continued due to "pending negotiations" according to online court records. 

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