Two more sentenced as sex traffickers
ST. PAUL -- Two more defendants have been convicted for their roles in a St. Paul sex-trafficking ring that involved underage girls. Ishmael Jamaine Williams, 20, and Yolanda Katrice Foster, 28, each pleaded guilty to two counts of sex traffickin...
ST. PAUL - Two more defendants have been convicted for their roles in a St. Paul sex-trafficking ring that involved underage girls.
Ishmael Jamaine Williams, 20, and Yolanda Katrice Foster, 28, each pleaded guilty to two counts of sex trafficking a minor.
Williams was sentenced Thursday by Ramsey County District Judge Jennifer Frisch to 12.5 years in prison, with credit for 189 days already served. He’ll be required to register as a predatory offender for at least 10 years.
Frisch also sentenced Williams to two years in prison on a charge of possession of a dangerous weapon in a courthouse, which he will serve concurrent to his other prison term. Williams was caught with a knife in his jacket in the downtown Ramsey County Courthouse in December. It was unclear how he made it past security.
Foster was sentenced Monday by District Judge Leonardo Castro to eight years in prison, with credit for 182 days already served. She’ll also have to register as a sex offender.
Williams and Foster had three co-defendants, all charged in March: Thomas William Evans, 26; Doris Marie Keller, 39; and Suwan Dominique Cross, 20.
Evans pleaded guilty to six of the seven felony charges against him and was sentenced to 20 years in prison, with credit for time served.
Keller pleaded guilty to one felony count of trafficking a minor and was sentenced to one year in jail, with credit for 172 days already served, which she’ll be able to serve as work-release, electronic home monitoring or community service, if she’s eligible. A 13-year prison sentence was stayed in lieu of 20 years’ probation.
Cross has pleaded guilty to two counts of sex trafficking a minor and one count of trafficking an individual. She will be sentenced Sept. 18.