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CASE NAME:United States v. Ezekiel Hampton
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Ezekiel Alon Hampton, Katrina Grauman
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DOCKET NUMBER:CR08-5671BHS
SOURCE:DOJ/US Attorney Website or Press Release, Lexis Search, News Article, Non-DOJ Press Release
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TRIAL JUDGE(S):Benjamin H. Settle
YEAR OF ARREST:2008
YEAR OF VERDICT:2009
TYPE OF COURT:Federal
STATE:Washington
FEDERAL DISTRICT:Western District Court
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NUMBER OF VICTIMS:2 +
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:United States
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NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):2
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Female and Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Sex
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Commercial Sexual Exploitation/Prostitution
FIRST CHARGE:Interstate Transportation of a Minor
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 2423
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
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SECOND CHARGE:Interstate Transportation for Prostitution
SECOND CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 2421
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THIRD CHARGE:Sex Trafficking of a Minor
THIRD CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1591
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CORE TERMS:Defendant was originally charged with nine counts: one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking (18 U.S.C. § 371), one count of transportation of a minor in furtherance of prostitution (18 U.S.C. § 2423), two counts of sex trafficking of a minor (18 U.S.C. § 1591), one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and cocaine base (21 U.S.C. § 846), one count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute (21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1)), one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense (18 U.S.C. § 924(a)), and one count of felon in possession of a firearm (18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1)).&nbsp;&nbsp; <br>
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LENGTH OF GREATEST SENTENCE:156
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SUMMARY:
Authorities began investigating Defendant when one victim reported that she was being pimped out by Defendant.  Defendant recruited girls, an unspecified number of which were minor runaways, and provided shelter, food, alcohol, and drugs to victims.  In exchange, victims placed advertisements on craigslist for sexual services and prostituted themselves on the streets.  Victims were required to give all money made through prostitution to Defendant.   Defendant also used victims to package and deliver crack cocaine.  Victims were threatened and beaten if they disobeyed Defendant.  

The case was originally a state case, but was adopted by the government and Defendant was charged in federal court.  Original co-defendant was severed from the case and charged in state court with several drug-related charges that were dismissed.  

Defendant was sentenced to 13 years in prison and 10 years of supervised release.
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