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CASE NAME:People v. Chineda Ezenuata Nwuzi
ALL PLAINTIFFS:The People
ALL DEFENDANTS:Chineda Ezenuata Nwuzi
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DOCKET NUMBER:H038485
SOURCE:Bloomberg, Lexis Search
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TYPE OF TRIAL:Jury
TRIAL JUDGE(S):Diane Northway
YEAR OF ARREST:2011
YEAR OF VERDICT:2012
TYPE OF COURT:State Court
STATE:California
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STATE COUNTY:Santa Clara
AGE OF VICTIM(S):Adult
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:1
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:United States
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WAS VICTIM CHARGED WITH A CRIME:No
NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):1
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Sex
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Commercial Sexual Exploitation/Prostitution
FIRST CHARGE:False imprisonment
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:Cal. Penal Code § 236-37
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
FIRST CHARGE SENTENCE:36 months
SECOND CHARGE:Human trafficking
SECOND CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:Cal. Penal Code § 236-37
SECOND CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
SECOND CHARGE SENTENCE:60 months
THIRD CHARGE:Criminal threats
THIRD CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:Cal. Penal Code § 422
THIRD CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
THIRD CHARGE SENTENCE:36 months
FOURTH CHARGE:Pandering (by procuring another person for the purpose of prostitution)
FOURTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:Cal. Penal Code § 266i
FOURTH CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
FOURTH CHARGE SENTENCE:72 months
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LENGTH OF GREATEST SENTENCE:72 months
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APPEAL:Yes
EXPLANATION OF APPEAL:Appealed Conviction, Appealed Sentence
APPELLATE OPINION CITATION:2013 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 6957
HOLDING OF APPEALS COURT:Afffirm in Part and Vacate in Part
APPEAL STILL PENDING?:No
SUMMARY:In 2011, Defendant Chineda Ezenuata Nwuzi, unsuccessfully attempted to force a woman to prostitute herself for his benefit. After offering her drugs and a ride to her destination in San Jose, Nwuzi told her that she owed him money and could not leave the motel room he had rented. He harbored her in his hotel and set up a webpage to attract johns for her. He forced her to meet one of the johns through physical intimidation and death threats. However, she told the john she was not the woman he was looking for, and after Nwuzi took her back to the motel room she tricked him and escaped. Defendant was convicted of human trafficking, forced imprisonment, pandering, and criminal threats. He was sentenced to 72 months imprisonment.
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