Sacto 9-1-1
January 24, 2013
Fourth sister sentenced in child sex-trafficking case

The last of four sisters to be sentenced for their participation in a child sex-trafficking operation has been sentenced to 7-1/2 years in prison.

Cherelle Elizabeth Hornbuckle, 26, of Sacramento, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Morrison C.England Jr.

Her co-defendants included her sisters Tynisha Hornbuckle, 24, who was sentenced to 15 years and eight months in prison; Tamrell Hornbuckle, 26, sentenced to 12 years and seven months; and Latrelle Hornbuckle, 25, sentenced to 6-1/2 years in prison, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. Their mother, Tammy Brown, 44, was sentenced to three years in prison.

Beginning in 2008, the women solicited clients for minor females, according to court documents. The sisters drove the girls to meet the clients and picked them up afterward. The encounters took place at motels, or at the homes of Tamrell, Cherelle or Latrelle Hornbuckle, or at their mother's house. The owner of the home received a cut of the proceeds, officials said.

The case resulted from an investigation by the FBI's Innocence Lost Task Force, a multijurisdictional task force of the FBI, Sacramento Police Department and Sacramento County Sheriff's Department.

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