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A 23-year-old Yorba Linda man was convicted Friday of attempting to pimp a 15-year-old and provide her with drugs, but was acquitted of human trafficking and pandering a minor.

Jurors, who deliberated for nearly two days, deadlocked 7-5 for acquittal on a charge of forcible rape of the teen, according to Deputy District Attorney Bryan Clavecilla.

Elozana Ogbechie was ordered to return to court Thursday for sentencing. At that time, the prosecution will announce whether it will retry Ogbechie on the rape charge, Clavecilla said.

Ogbechie, who has been jailed since Feb. 24, 2015, is likely to have spent enough time in custody to exceed whatever sentence he is eligible for, Clavecilla said.

Co-defendants Philip Anthony Gallegos and Marcellus Alphonso Carpenter pleaded guilty in the case.

Gallegos, 22, of Fullerton, was sentenced in January 2016 to five years in prison for human trafficking of a minor, pimping a minor, pandering with a minor younger than 16 and furnishing drugs to a minor.

Carpenter, 24, of Diamond Bar, was sentenced in November 2015 to a year in jail for human trafficking of a minor and conspiracy to commit pimping.

Both were ordered to register as a sex offender for life, and Ogbechie must do so as well, Clavecilla said.

Gallegos met the teen, who had run away from home, in Ohio and brought her to California, Ogbechie’s attorney, Femi Banjo said, They stayed at Ogbechie’s residence, Banjo said.

Ogbechie said the teen told him she was 20 years old and that they had consensual sex, Banjo said. He also provided her with cocaine, but denied having anything to do with pimping her, Banjo said.

 

Updated June 23, 2017 at 7:07 p.m.

–City News Service

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