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Wisconsin woman to serve jail sentence in prostitution scheme

WORTHINGTON -- A Wisconsin woman will spend 210 days in jail for her involvement in a prostitution scheme that threatened and conned a man out of money.

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WORTHINGTON - A Wisconsin woman will spend 210 days in jail for her involvement in a prostitution scheme that threatened and conned a man out of money.

During Jacobia Booker-Northern’s sentencing Tuesday in Nobles County District Court, she was convicted of felony coercion - threat to make a criminal charge and gross misdemeanor giving a peace officer a false name. She was placed on five years of supervised probation and ordered to jointly pay $3,000 restitution to the victim with accomplice Mariah Tucker, whose case is still pending.

If Booker-Northern violates her probation, she may be required to serve an executed sentence of one year and one day in prison. Three other charges filed in connection to the December scheme were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

According to state prosecutor Braden Hoefert, Booker-Northern has completed or attempted similar prostitution schemes on 11 other known occasions.

The one committed in Worthington, Hoefert continued as part of reading a victim-impact statement, caused the victim financial hardship, anxiety and depression and sleepless nights. The statement also indicated he felt judged by others in the community because the incident was reported in the newspaper.

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In a teary statement prior to being sentenced, Booker-Northern told Fifth Judicial District Judge Gordon Moore that she had engaged in the criminal activity in order to be able to support her family after losing her housing in Wisconsin and the incarceration of her son’s father.

“It wasn’t right,” she said, adding that she’d like to apologize to “the guy,” her family and cousin. “I obviously want to change my ways.”

Moore told her she needs to find more lawful and ethical ways to support her family.

“(Prostitution) is illegal and quite frankly it’s disgusting,” he said. “It’s a sad, pathetic way to make a living.”

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