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Defendant found guilty of promoting prostitution

A King County Superior Court jury handed down eight guilty verdicts on Wednesday, finding that D'Marco Mobley pimped out three young women and used beatings and sexual violence to force them to continue prostituting and turning over thousands of dollars to him.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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A King County Superior Court jury handed down eight guilty verdicts on Wednesday, finding that D'Marco Mobley pimped out three young women and used beatings and sexual violence to force them to continue prostituting and turning over thousands of dollars to him.

Mobley didn't seem to react as the verdicts were read, finding him guilty of promoting the commercial sex abuse of a minor, first-degree kidnapping, two counts of first-degree rape, second-degree robbery, first-degree promoting prostitution, second-degree promoting prostitution and first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

But King County sheriff's Detective Brian Taylor, who spent eight months working the case against Mobley and sat through every day of his seven-week trial, bumped fists with his partner, Detective Joel Banks, after Judge Monica Benton read the verdict.

A jury of eight men and four women began deliberations Friday. Then on Tuesday, one of the male jurors was dismissed for health reasons and was replaced by an alternate juror, a woman, and deliberations had to be restarted.

"I think he's arrogant. I think he has the sense he's smarter than everybody else in the room. ... With his charm and his personality, I feel he thinks he can win over anybody," Taylor, the case's lead detective, said of Mobley. "He's a smart guy; he's just put it to the wrong use."

Mobley is to be sentenced April 20 and faces approximately 33 to 41 years in prison.

Defense attorney Phil Mahoney said his client likely will appeal his conviction. During the trial, Mahoney admitted to the jury that Mobley was guilty of one of the promoting prostitution charges as well as the firearm charge.

"They didn't go with us on the rest of it. We did the best we could," Mahoney said. "I'm sure he feels he should not have fallen on everything, and I'm sure he intends to appeal."

Mobley has been in solitary confinement in the King County Jail since February, when a friend was charged with beating and intimidating one of the young women Mobley had pimped out in an apparent effort to keep her from testifying. As a result, Benton barred Mobley from using the phone inside the jail and from receiving any visitors.

On Wednesday, she ruled that his phone restrictions will remain but that his mother and his wife — whom Mobley married in October while awaiting trial — will now be able to visit him.

Mobley, who bragged to one of his victims that he wanted to be known as the "biggest gangster in Seattle," locked one of the women in the trunk of a car for 28 hours after she attempted to sever ties with him, charging documents say. The woman was also raped by Mobley and one of Mobley's associates, who has never been identified, according to prosecutors.

The woman testified for almost five days and was emotionally drained from the experience, Taylor said. Two other victims, including a now-18-year-old who was 17 when she began prostituting for Mobley, also testified against him.

The women's testimony was corroborated by phone records, cellphone-tower data, surveillance videos and other evidence.

Sara Jean Green: 206-515-5654 or sgreen@seattletimes.com

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