Orange County Superior Court. Photo by John Schreiber

A 23-year-old Yorba Linda man was sentenced Friday to seven years in prison for attempting to pimp a 15-year-old girl and provide her drugs.

Elozana Ogbeche was acquitted last Friday of the more serious charge of human trafficking.

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. Orange County Superior Court Judge Michael Cassidy dismissed the rape charge Friday.

Ogbechie was given credit for 1,757 days behind bars, so he would have about another year to go behind bars in prison, 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 gave her cocaine, but denied having anything to do with pimping her, Banjo said.

The teen is back home with family in Ohio and is doing well, Clavecilla said.

“She graduated, she’s working and she’s back with her mom,” he said.

— City News Service

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