Former boxer sentenced to 30 years for child pornography and sex trafficking

A former professional boxer who fought as ‘Turbo’ and was known to federal investigators as ‘Turbo Hefner’ will spend the next 30 years behind bars after being sentenced in federal court following his conviction last March for child pornography and sex trafficking. .

Keshawn Boykins, 27, was found guilty by a jury of 10 men and two women after less than three hours of deliberation following the three-day trial last March. He was originally charged in 2019 with firearms and drug charges and stood trial on two counts of sex trafficking, a child pornography distribution count and a child pornography production count.

Boykins, who was represented by Mark Alan Jesse of Little Rock, did not testify at his trial. The accused was due to enter a plea in the case last March, which could have resulted in up to eight years in prison if he had not chosen to go to trial.

Instead, Boykins entered the courtroom on Friday, facing mandatory minimum prison sentences of 15 years on three of the counts and a minimum sentence of five years on a fourth count.

U.S. District Judge James M. Moody Jr. sentenced Boykins to two minimum terms of 15 years each for sex trafficking and a minimum term of five years for distributing child pornography, with those terms to be served concurrently for a total of 15 year. . For producing child pornography, Moody sentenced Boykins to an additional 15 years in prison to run consecutively to his other sentences, for a total of 30 years.

“I intend to sentence you to 30 years in the Bureau of Prisons,” Moody announced after calculating Boykins’ sentencing options using a complex sentencing table encompassing all four counts of charge for which he was found guilty after his trial by jury.

Jesse asked Moody to consider giving his client the mandatory minimum sentences for all four offenses and serving those sentences simultaneously, which would effectively put Boykins behind bars for a single 15-year sentence. Jesse noted that he was named long before in the case to represent Boykins after the defendant requested that his former lawyer be replaced.

“As we approached the trial date, we negotiated a plea deal which Mr. Boykins later rejected,” Jesse said.

Jesse said he explained to Boykins before his rejection of the plea deal the inherent risks of going to trial on charges that carry mandatory minimum sentences nearly double what was negotiated in the plea deal. plea that Boykins had ignored.

“He chose his constitutional right to have a trial,” he said.

In a brief statement, Boykins blamed his crimes on his youth, but refrained from admitting any actual wrongdoing.

“I’m not even guilty of anything for what it’s worth, but I was young and didn’t think about much else but making money,” he said. declared. “In the process I probably affected some people. I’m not saying it’s right or wrong, I just didn’t understand what I was doing at the time. I was 22 at the time and I’m 27 now, and it ain’t a long time, but I’ve grown. I’ve matured.

At the time, Boykins said, he did not believe his actions had harmed anyone else. His trial was dominated primarily by the testimony of two women who told jurors about their experiences at the hands of Boykins.

One of the women, 22 and identified only as ‘HE’, testified that Boykins lured her with promises of a quick buck, but after she agreed to move in with him, he lured her. held her captive and began beating her when she refused to engage in prostitution. The woman testified that she escaped when Boykins took her and her girlfriend to a Walmart in Little Rock, where she ran to ask an employee for help.

A second victim, identified as “TM”, testified that she met Boykins in 2018, when she was 17, and soon moved in with him. Boykins, she said, then recruited her into prostitution.

She testified that Boykins posted suggestive, nude photos of her online as well as online profiles he created for her on various dating sites. She testified that she was with Boykins for about six months, during which she estimated she made about $50,000 through prostitution.

“I don’t know how, after hearing this testimony at his trial, Mr. Boykins can sit here and say he didn’t know he hurt them,” US attorney Kristin said. Bryant. “To sit here and say he didn’t shows a complete lack of remorse.”

Bryant requested a lead phrase to provide a general deterrent to strangers looking at the phrase as well as to send a specific deterrent message to Boykins himself, “who obviously didn’t receive it.”

In addition to the 30-year prison sentence, which Boykins will have to serve a minimum of 25.5 years before being considered eligible for early release “at the right time”, Moody sentenced him to an additional 10 years of release. monitored after his release from prison. . While on probation, Boykins will be subject to a long list of conditions, violations of which could result in more jail time.

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