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Jailed North Carolina man’s wife, mom trafficked girls to pay his bond

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Federal prosecutors announced long sentences for the wife and mother of a man jailed in North Carolina. All three pleaded guilty to trafficking underage girls for sex to raise money for his bond.

A Monday statement by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of North Carolina says Brianna Leshay Wright has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for sex trafficking a minor. Her mother-in-law, Tanya Fuentes, has been sentenced to two years for conspiracy.

Zerrell Ross Fuentes

Prosecutors say Wright’s husband, Zerrell Fuentes, arranged the scheme in jail, recruiting girls to engage in prostitution to earn money for his bail. The women then carried out the plan.

The Charlotte Observer reports Zerrell Fuentes was jailed in a hit-and-run case at the time. Now he faces 10 years to life for sex trafficking.

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