A St. Paul man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for his involvement with another man in the prostitution of two minors from an Eagan hotel, the Pioneer Press said.
Brandon Barnes, 25, was given a lesser sentence than what is suggested in the state sentencing guidelines, based on the judge's decision that Barnes had a lesser role and should be charged accordingly, WDAY 6 said.
Prosecutor Richard Dusterhoft sought a sentence of nearly 14 years, the same as the co-defendant Giorgio Baymon, WDAY 6 said.
Photos of the girls, ages 15 and 17, were taken in Barnes' bathroom according to Dusterhoft, and posted with Backpage.com ads, soliciting customers for sexual services, the Pioneer Press said.
Baymon put the 15-year-old's cellphone number in the ad to which two men responded, the Pioneer Press said. A third man who had sex with the girls was an acquaintance of Barnes and paid with cash and marijuana, according to Baymon's testimony, the Pioneer Press said.
The hotel room, which was in Barnes' name, was identified in a search warrant affidavit as the Microtel Inn & Suites, the Pioneer Press reported.
Barnes said he has a long history of mental illness and didn't understand what was going on in the hotel room, WDAY 6 said.
"My only mistake was to put the room in my name," he said when the judge offered him a chance to speak. "This case is the wrong place at the wrong time -- victim of circumstances," he said, referring to himself.
Baymon, 25, was sentenced Jan. 31 to nearly 14 years in prison for his role in prostituting the 15-year-old.
According to the Pioneer Press, both men were required to register as predatory offenders.