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CASE NAME:United States v. Merredith June Crane-Horton
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Merredith June Crane Horton, Ramon D. Heredia, Katherine Heredia (aka Katherine Meadows), Edwin Nathan Horton
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DOCKET NUMBER:1:10-cr-00026
SOURCE:Bloomberg, DOJ/US Attorney Website or Press Release, News Article
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TYPE OF TRIAL:Judge
TRIAL JUDGE(S):Celeste F. Bremer
YEAR OF ARREST:2010
YEAR OF VERDICT:2010
TYPE OF COURT:Federal Court
STATE:Iowa
FEDERAL DISTRICT:Southern District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Adult and Minor
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:6 +
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:Unknown
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CASE CATEGORIZATION:Commercial Sexual Exploitation/Prostitution
FIRST CHARGE:Sex Trafficking of Children or by Force Fraud or Coercion
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1594(c)
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Unknown
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SECOND CHARGE:Conspiracy to Commit Sex Trafficking
SECOND CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1594(c)
SECOND CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
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THIRD CHARGE:Engaging in and Attempting to Engage in Sex Trafficking
THIRD CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1591(a)(1), 18 U.S.C. § 1594(a) and 2
THIRD CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Unknown
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FOURTH CHARGE:Engaging in and Attempting to Engage in Sex Trafficking
FOURTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1591(a)(1), 18 U.S.C. § 1594(a), 2, 18 U.S.C. § 1591(b)(1), 18 U.S.C. § 1591(b)(2)
FOURTH CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Unknown
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FIFTH CHARGE:Interstate Transportation for Prostitution
FIFTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 2421
FIFTH CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Unknown
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LENGTH OF GREATEST SENTENCE:210 months
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APPEAL:Yes
EXPLANATION OF APPEAL:Appealed Sentence
APPELLATE OPINION CITATION:449 Fed. Appx. 557
HOLDING OF APPEALS COURT:Deny
APPEAL STILL PENDING?:No
SUMMARY:Defendants coerced females as young as 15-years-old into performing commercial sex acts by romantically seducing them, then forcing them into prostitution by secluding them from their families and beating them. Defendants threatened a victim with a knife and threw cold water on another victim while forcing her to stand naked in the snow. Defendant Crane-Horton led the prostitution ring, which she operated from 2007 to 2010 out of the Iowa home she shared with her husband, Defendant Horton. The Heredias pled guilty to conspiring to commit or financially benefit from sex trafficking and are seeking reduced sentences for their cooperation. Crane-Horton and Horton pled guilty and received maximum federal sentences for their roles.
Approval Status:Approved
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