A 29-year-old man accused of pimping two underage girls for sex was sentenced Tuesday to 60 days of work release, though he avoided having to register as a sex offender.
Kavion Powell was silent as he stood before 4th Judicial District Court Judge Barbara Hughes who issued the sentence, which also included four years of heavily supervised probation and 200 hours of community service.
Shortly before being sentenced, Powell told the judge that "deep down, I've changed my life around." He said he has two jobs and expects to begin a higher paying job soon.
"I know I'm not the type of person or the type of guy they portray me as in the paper," Powell told the judge.
Hughes indicated otherwise - voicing concern about whether action and change were behind Powell's words. She noted a pre-sentencing evaluation deemed him a high risk to re-offend, and said his work release could become jail time if the job he claims to have is not legitimate. Powell received credit for having served nine days of jail.
Powell pleaded guilty in November to pimping and distribution of a controlled substance - both felonies - after prosecutors claimed he drove girls to Fort Collins to serve as prostitutes, and that he tried to sell drugs, including cocaine.
A felony charge of second-degree assault was dropped in the deal, as was the stipulation that he tried to pimp minors. Without it being a child sex crime, he did not have to register as a sex offender.
On Tuesday, prosecutor Chelsea Schinnour asked that Powell serve 90 days in jail - claiming he "really downplays his criminal activity."
But Powell's attorney, Jeremy Loew, told the judge that his client never tried to pimp girls. Loew said that a plea deal that avoided the possibility of registering as a sex offender was too good to pass up.
"You have to take that plea - the risks are just too great," Loew said.