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CASE NAME:United States v. Waquita Wallace
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Waquita Wallace, aka Goddess, April Chaney, aka April Wallace
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DOCKET NUMBER:08-CR-00461
SOURCE:Bloomberg, DOJ/US Attorney Website or Press Release, Lexis Search, News Article
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TRIAL JUDGE(S):Judge Carol E. Jackson
YEAR OF ARREST:2008
YEAR OF VERDICT:2009
TYPE OF COURT:Federal Court
STATE:Missouri
FEDERAL DISTRICT:Eastern District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Adult
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:1
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:Unknown
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WAS VICTIM CHARGED WITH A CRIME:No
NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):2
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Female
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Sex
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Commercial Sexual Exploitation/Prostitution
FIRST CHARGE:Sex trafficking by force, fraud, or coercion.
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1591
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
FIRST CHARGE SENTENCE:240 months and 5 years supervise release
SECOND CHARGE:conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking by force, fraud, or coercion.
SECOND CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 371
SECOND CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
SECOND CHARGE SENTENCE:60 months and 2 years supervised release
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LENGTH OF GREATEST SENTENCE:240
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APPEAL:Yes
EXPLANATION OF APPEAL:Appealed Sentence
APPELLATE OPINION CITATION:605 F.3d 477 (8th Cir. 2010)
HOLDING OF APPEALS COURT:Affirm
APPEAL STILL PENDING?:No
SUMMARY:In June 2008, April Chaney and her sister, Waquita Wallace, went to another person's apartment and observed the victim, an 18-year-old woman with mental disabilities, there. Wallace told the victim that she would help her get her babies back and take care of her. When they got back to Wallace and Chaney's house, Wallace told the victim that the other person owed Wallace money, that that person's debt was now her debt, and that she would have to pay it back by giving up her monthly social security disability check. Wallace threatened to hurt the victim and her mother and grandmother. Wallace would take the victim out at night to work as a prostitute on the streets and arranged for men to come over and have sex with the victim. Wallace also ordered the victim to do housework and to massage Wallace's back and feet rather than sleep. Richard Marquis Harper, another resident of the house, pushed the victim's head under water in the bathtub. Wallace engaged in other abuse, including leaving the victim in the backyard without clothes on, burning her, beating her, threatening her with a knife, making her drink a cup of urine and lick a dog's genitals, and tying her to a chair, gagging her, and leaving her. Chaney participated in some of this abuse. Wallace pleaded guilty to sex trafficking by fraud, force, or coercion and was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment and 5 years supervised release and fined $100. She appealed her sentence because it was an upward departure from the mandatory minimum. The Eighth Circuit affirmed. Chaney was sentenced to 60 months imprisonment and 2 years supervised release on a charge of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking by fraud, force, or coercion. Under a separate case number and with a different judge, Harper pleaded guilty to misprision of felony, 8 U.S.C. 4, and was sentenced to 27 months imprisonment and 1 year supervised release and fined $100.
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