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10 to life for Reno woman guilty of teen prostitution crime

December 3, 2021 GMT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A 28-year-old Nevada woman faces 10 years to life in prison after pleading guilty in federal court in Montana to transporting a minor to engage in prostitution.

Federal prosecutors say Ashley Stella of Reno admitted she brought a 16-year-old girl from Nevada to Montana last fall to engage in commercial sex.

Stella was arrested after police responded to a report of possible illegal activity at a Billings motel in December 2020.

Leif Johnson, U.S. attorney for Montana, said in a statement Thursday that Stella faces up to a $250,000 fine and five years’ probation in addition the mandatory minimum of 10 years in federal prison.

U.S. District Judge Susan Watters set sentencing for April 14.