Published on August 13th, 2014 | by Zamná Ávila0
Two Men Found Guilty of Forcing Women into Prostitution
LONG BEACH — On Aug. 8, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced that a Long Beach Superior Court jury found Lebrette Stacey Winn and Eric James Avery were found guilty of pimping, pandering, sodomy by use of force, mayhem, human trafficking, kidnapping and forcible rape, among other charges.
Nine accounts were related to the forced prostitution and kidnapping of three females, ages 16, 18, and 20.
Winn, 23, convinced both women into prostitution. When the 20-year-old woman asked to quit he threatened and then raped her.
The 18-year-old victim quit prostituting for Winn months after she began in November 2012. Winn tricked her into meeting him in May 2013 then forced her into his car and picked up the 20-year-old-victim.
The two victims escaped when Winn left his parked car and went into a mall in Culver City.
Avery was convicted of two felony counts: pimping a minor 16 years of age and human trafficking. Avery was a member of the Long Beach Baby Insane Crip gang.
Police arrested Winn and Avery, 25, on May 16, 2013. Officers found a hotel card in Avery’s pocket and later located the 16-year-old victim when they used the card to open a hotel room in Inglewood.
Winn is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 22. Avery will be sentenced will be Sept. 12.
Winn faces 37 years to life in state prison. Avery faces up to 34 years in state prison.