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      Life in prison for pimp

      PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) A man convicted three times of prostitution-related crimes has been sentenced in Portland to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

      Prosecutors say the youngest of the women Gregory Hightower Sr. exploited in a current round of charges was 16. Prosecutors say several came forward to help make a case against him.

      KOIN-TV reports
      Hightower was convicted in 1988 in King County, Washington, of promoting prostitution and a decade later in Multnomah County of compelling prostitution.

      Most recently, a Multnomah County jury convicted him in December of prostitution and sex abuse charges. Judge Edward J. Jones sentenced him Tuesday.

      In court, Hightower said he was innocent, and his lawyer said he would start preparing an appeal.

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      Information from: KOIN-TV, http://www.koin.com/

      Copyright 2013 The Associated Press

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