Having a stable of 16-year-olds forced to be hookers, making one turn a trick just after you've broken her nose -- "Sir Lewis" sounds like a guy who deserves the almost 34-year federal sentence he got hit with today.
His actual, less-regal name is Barry Lernard Davis; the 34-year-old had been convicted in March on a slew of pimp-related charges.
U.S. District Judge Melinda Harmon also ordered a lifetime of supervised release for Davis whenever he gets out of prison.
Testimony showed he had lured a runaway 16-year-old to become a prostitute with promises of food and shelter; he branded her with a tattoo. He not only knew she was 16, by the way, he knew she was pregnant at the time.
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He took her to New Orleans to service customers, thereby crossing state lines.
An adult prostitute also testified at the trial, the U.S. Attorney's office says:
The adult victim also testified at trial, recounting for the jury the numerous brutal beatings she suffered at the hands of Davis, including an incident where he broke her nose and forced her to "turn a trick" minutes later. She told the jury Davis put a gun to her head and told her that if she ever left him he would hunt her down and kill her. Additionally, this victim described in detail the underworld of pimps and prostitutes known as "the game," including the "rules" adhered to by both pimps and prostitutes. All monies she and the minor victim earned were taken by Davis.
This investigation as well as the experiences of law enforcement led to testimony by FBI special agents confirming not only the existence of this underworld and its "rules," but that there exists a special vocabulary commonly used among those in this illicit underworld. The behavior of Davis, as testified to by the witnesses, showed he was fully engaged in the world of pimps and prostitutes. Davis forced both victims to be tattooed with either his name or initials, a common underworld practice known as "branding."
The minor's mother testified about how traumatic the experience had been for the family.