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Man gets 10 years for human trafficking

February 10, 2011

The first person convicted of human trafficking in Marion County has received 10 years on the charge.

Chris Smiley was convicted in January of human trafficking, felony battery, felony intimidation, and felony strangulation. He was also convicted of promoting prostitution, which was merged with the human trafficking count because the elements fit in with that charge, according to the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office. The charge of human trafficking involved a woman who was forced into prostitution as a result of someone else’s drug debt.

Smiley was also sentenced to four years on the battery conviction, four years on the intimidation conviction, and 545 days on the strangulation conviction. The sentences will run concurrently. He will also serve five years on a possession of cocaine conviction that will run consecutively.

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