OKC man found guilty of human trafficking and sentenced to decades behind bars

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12/13/2017 - OKC, OK -- Oklahoma City resident and convicted felon Milton Andre Shelton was found guilty of human sex trafficking by an Oklahoma County jury last week and sentenced to 30-years in prison.

As johnTV previously reported, Milton, 52, was originally accused of forcibly prostituting two women out of an Oklahoma City motel, back in July of 2016, and then keeping all of the money they were paid.

When criminal charges were formally filed, in Aug. of 2016, Milton was only charged with the sex trafficking of the younger of the two alleged victims - an 18-year old who had recently aged-out of the Oklahoma foster care system.

Milton's teen victim claimed that she met Milton in Tulsa and was transported to Oklahoma City. The teenager testified at trial that once they arrived in OKC she engaged in approximately 10 separate acts of prostitution with male clients who responded to her backpage.com ad.

The teen testified that those 10 acts of prostitution netted about $400 and that Milton took all of the money.

The teen testified that she eventually escaped Milton in the middle of the night with the aid of another female prostitute.

Members of the Oklahoma City Vice Unit and the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics Human Trafficking Unit became aware of the teenager's exploitation after she and another female were arrested during a prostitution sting not involving Milton.

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Milton's criminal trial lasted two days. Milton was prosecuted by ADA's Kelly Collins and Lori McConnell. Milton was defended by public defenders Sammy Duncan and Clay Curtis.

Milton choose not to testify in his own defense. 

Milton's jury deliberated for approximately 30-minutes before rendering their guilty verdict.

During the trial, the jury was not told that Milton had previously served 17-years in prison. Milton's prior convictions include; conspriacy to induce a child under 18 into prostitution, inducing a child into prostitution, transporting a child for prostitution, rape in the first degree, rape in the second degree, procuring a child to participate in sexual activity to be exhibited, pandering, possession of CDS, forcible oral sodomy and intimidating a state's witness.

Milton was released from prison in 2013.

JohnTV congratulates Oklahoma County prosecutors Collins and McConnell for their successful prosecution of Milton.

JohnTV's Brian Bates attended Milton's criminal trial. Check back for a detailed article on Milton's trial and the difficulties prosecutor's often have in successfully prosecuting individuals for human sex trafficking - coming soon!

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