Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Pimp Gets 27-Year Sentence

POSTED: 4:46 pm PST October 31, 2005

VISTA, Calif. -- An ex-convict licensed by the city of Carlsbad to operate an escort service was sentenced Monday to nearly 27 years in prison for turning the business into a prostitution ring.

James Hammond, 41, was convicted of 10 counts of pimping and pandering.

Prosecutors said the escort service was run out of Carlsbad and also had clients in Oceanside and Escondido.

Defense attorney George Peterson argued that Hammond only sent the women out as escorts, and did not know of -- or condone -- sexual activity.