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Plea deals in human trafficking case

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Two men and a woman charged with pimping a 17-year-old girl in 2011 have been offered plea deals that dramatically reduce their possible prison time.

It’s a sharp move away from what prosecutors had described as the first human-trafficking charges in Grand Forks County; the charges carry a maximum prison sentence of life without parole.

One of the men Joshua Harry, 27, took the deal Thursday, pleading guilty to promoting prostitution, a lesser felony with a maximum prison sentence of five years.

State District Judge Sonja Clapp accepted the deal, which would lead to five years in prison with two years suspended. He would also serve five years supervised probation and register as a sex offender.

Clapp set Harry’s formal sentencing for April 8.

The others charged in the case, Amanda Stewart, 22, and Travis Levar Johnson, now 30, are scheduled to appear Jan. 10 in court when they could accept similar deals.

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