While the man charged with pimping a 16-year-old runaway to retired NFL star, Lawrence Taylor pleaded guilty Tuesday, his lawyer Xavier Donaldson, was more concerned with his client being "unreasonably punished."
"I really don't want him unreasonably punished," Donaldson told the New York Daily News following the brief hearing.
Unlike his "partner-in-crime," Lawrence Taylor, whom many say got off way too easy with probation, Rasheed Davis is facing seven to eight years in federal prison when he is sentenced August 10.Davis, who pleaded guilty to one count of inducing the interstate travel of another for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct for financial gain, also agreed to forfeit the $300 fee he received from Taylor, in addition to the 1999 Mercedes Benz he used to bring the victim to the two-time Super Bowl champion, The Associated Press reported.
In a press release issued by the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said that before the May 6, 2010 Holiday Inn incident the Bronx teen had been staying at a place provided by Davis, for which she paid the brute $150.
Bharara said that Davis gave the victim drugs including marijuana and ecstasy in order to narcotize and persuade her to engage in commercial sex acts.
On May 5, 2010, Davis sent the Victim one or more text messages telling her that he wanted her to engage in a commercial sex act later that evening for which she would be paid $300. When the girl refused, she was bombarded with threatening and intimidating text messages from Davis, who beat her when she returned the apartment. After that, he drove the girl to the Holiday Inn, the statement read.
After Taylor's sentencing hearing, the victim spoke to the media and denied ever being a prostitute. She said she was forced to go to Taylor's hotel room by Davis and felt Taylor should be in jail for "taking something precious" from her, the Los Angeles Times reported. The victim added that she felt Taylor could tell she was underage and had been beaten.
During Davis' allocution, he admitted to Manhattan Federal Court Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald that he knew the victim was under 18 when he took her from the Bronx to a Rockland County Holiday Inn hotel with the intent to charge Taylor for having illegal sex.
New York police arrested Davis after the victim sent text messages to an Uncle. In 1994, possessing stolen goods and manslaughter charges sent Davis to prison for nine years. When he is released from this current sentence, he will have to register as a sex offender.