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Man sentenced to 15 years in prison in human trafficking case

Updated: Oct. 9, 2020 at 11:02 PM CDT
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - A Craighead County man was sentenced to 15 years in prison Thursday after pleading guilty in a human trafficking case.

Tyler Scott Sowell, 26, of Brookland pleaded guilty to patronizing a victim of human trafficking if the victim is a minor, according to court records on Arkansas Court Connect.

Jonesboro police arrested Sowell and Olivia Grace Deroeck, 27, of Jonesboro in March after an investigation. Police alleged she and Sowell were in contact “making sales and setting up timing with a minor.”

In Sowell’s case, he was also given a 60-month suspended sentence in the case, plus ordered to pay court costs and fees.

Deroeck was also given 15 years in prison this week after pleading guilty in a child trafficking case.

Olivia Deroeck, 26, Jonesboro Human trafficking of a minor (3/12)
Olivia Deroeck, 26, Jonesboro Human trafficking of a minor (3/12)(Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)

Deroeck pleaded guilty to trafficking of persons if the victim is a minor during a Oct. 6 court appearance.

In addition to the prison sentence, Deroeck was given a 60-month suspended sentence, given a no-contact order with the victim in the case, complete alcohol and drug rehab and psychiatric treatment, plus provide “truthful testimony in the trial of any co-defendants.”

Deroeck was given credit for 208 days already served in jail.

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