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Chastain asked for leniency: A five year sentence, with two years fixed.
Sometimes the women were paid in methamphetamines, Deputy Prosecutor Cathy Guzman said. Other times, they were paid nothing at all and barred from leaving. One woman, who was developmentally disabled, told investigators that she didn't even realize money was changing hands for the sex acts.
Boise woman gets 15 years for prostitution ring
"She was willing to lure other women into the pit she'd fallen into," Guzman said.
He said going to prison might help Akers turn her life around.
Most of those charges were dismissed.
Although Akers tried to shoulder all the blame, Guzman said it was Hicklen a smooth talking manipulator pulling the strings.
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with any crimes, but several of them left town quickly, hobbling the prosecution.
school, and holding a job before drugs dragged her down.
Chastain said prison programs could help his client get on medication for her bipolar disorder and take part in substance abuse counseling.
Defense attorney Rob Chastain agreed, describing the toxic mix of mental illness, childhood sexual abuse and drug use that created "a living hell" for Akers.
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for her role in a ring that snared almost 10 women.
Akers will have a chance at parole after four years, Judge Lynn Norton ruled at a sentencing Thursday. Akers pleaded guilty to procurement of prostitution and accepting the earnings of a prostitute in February. Both felonies carried a punishment of up to 20 years behind bars.
Hicklen, who suspected he had caught the eye of law enforcement, cleared out his house before his November arrest, dumping evidence investigators hoped to find. He pleaded guilty to procurement of prostitution and accepting the earnings of a prostitute Thursday, shortly before Akers' sentencing. His sentencing is scheduled for May 29.
"The Department of Corrections has a chance to help this woman," he said.
"I consider her a victim of Mr. Hicklen," she said. "He sucked her in."
Still, Chastain said the sentence suggested by prosecutors 15 years, with a chance at parole after three was too harsh, he said.
Akers, who brought women to Boise from Utah and other states, was originally charged with human trafficking and a slew of other charges. Hicklen was charged with human trafficking, rape and other crimes.
"Honestly, I think being in jail has helped save her life," he said. "I think Gypsie has got a chance here, if she'll take it."
But Akers wasn't fit to be out in the community without significant changes Norton said, ordering her to take part in treatment for sex offenders, mental health and substance abuse. With nearly a year's credit for time served behind bars, the four years before parole eligibility gives Akers time to complete those programs, she said.
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