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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 2, 2018

Fort Worth Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for His Role in Sex Trafficking of Children

            FORT WORTH, Texas —Demarcus Davis, aka “Zigg,” 26, of Fort Worth, Texas, was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor to life in federal prison, announced Erin Nealy Cox U.S. Attorney of the Northern District of Texas.

            Following a four-day trial in April 2018, Davis, and co-conspirators, Herman Sanders, aka “Pooh,” 29, and Pierre Lagrone, “P” or “Pedro,” 34, were found guilty for their roles in a conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of underage girls. Lagrone and Sanders were previously sentenced by Judge O’Connor to life in federal prison and 420 months, respectively.

             Earlier in the case, co-defendant Bruce Davis, aka, “Wheatie,” pled guilty to obstruction of enforcement. Davis threatened to harm Jane Doe 2, members of her family and her 1-year old child. Davis believed Jane Doe 2 was cooperating with law enforcement in the prosecutions of Demarcus and Kentrell Davis. Davis was sentenced in May 2018 by Judge O’Connor to 64 months in federal prison.

            According to evidence presented at trial, Lagrone and Davis were violent pimps who recruited, controlled, and profited off underage female victims through commercial sex acts. Lagrone and Davis recruited and advertised underage female victims for commercial sex acts. The defendants communicated with potential clients, collected proceeds, and paid for motels rooms and supplies. Lagrone and Davis kept almost all, if not all, of the proceeds of the commercial sex acts, providing only food, shelter, and occasional clothing to the underage female victims. Sanders conspired with and assisted Lagrone in this sex trafficking.

            This case was investigated by the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE), and the Fort Worth, Tyler and Arlington Police Departments.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys P.J. Meitl and Nicole Dana were in charge of the prosecution.

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Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
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Contact: 
Janet Pearre janet.pearre@usdoj.gov 214-659-8600
Updated August 2, 2018