9/5/2012 – OKC, OK — Another key member of Oklahoma’s most notorious prostitution and human trafficking ring pleads guilty as two ringleaders delay their preliminary hearing.
JohnTV was first to break the story in 2009 of what has been described as Oklahoma’s largest prostitution and human trafficking ring, run by locals Christina Byler, Germaine Coulter and Mario Diaz.
In September of 2011 five members of the criminal enterprise were charged with Felony racketeering in Oklahoma County; Elizabeth Elaine Andrade, Julianne Rupert, Christina Mae Byler, Germaine Coulter, and Mario Diaz.
Last Friday (8/31/2012), Andrade pled guilty to the reduced charge of conspiracy to conceal criminal proceeds and was sentenced to 10-years deferred, DOC supervision, $45 VCA and court costs.
This past July, co-defendant Rupert pled guilty to a reduced charge of conspiracy to commit a felony – concealing criminal proceeds – and was given a 10-year deferred sentence, 20-weekends in the county jail and fines and court costs.
With the conclusion of the cases against Rupert and Andrade, that only leaves the three most culpable individuals; Byler, Coulter and Diaz.
Both Coulter and Diaz were set to have their preliminary hearings last Friday, but reportedly there was a last minute continuance after prosecutors reached a plea agreement with Andrade and additional witnesses were endorsed by the state – one of those witnesses expected to testify against Byler, Coulter and Diaz is JohnTV’s own Video Vigilante Brian Bates.
JohnTV will continue to follow this case to its conclusion.