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March 21, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Jury convicts Seattle’s wannabe ‘biggest gangster’

A Seattle man was found guilty this afternoon of eight charges in connection with the pimping of three young women, including one who was a juvenile when she began prostituting for him.

D’Marco Mobley was convicted of eight criminal charges, including rape, kidnapping, robbery, promoting prostitution, promoting the commercial sex abuse of a minor and unlawful possession of a firearm.  The jury had been deliberating since Friday morning after seven weeks of testimony before King County Superior Court Judge Monica Benton.

Sentencing is scheduled for April 20.

One of Mobley’s victims, now 22, testified for nearly five days and described being forced into the trunk of a car for 28 hours after she refused to continue working for him.

Another woman testified about a severe beating she endured and showed the spot on her scalp where her hair hasn’t grown back after it was ripped out.

Mobley, who originally had planned to represent himself, regularly argued with his defense attorney, Phil Mahoney, during breaks and verbally sparred with Deputy Prosecutor Val Richey during his nearly three days on the stand.

Mobley had initially planned to represent himself, but later withdrew his request.

Two of the victims reported Mobley to police, saying he confronted them in June at a SeaTac motel. He threatened their lives, choked and slapped them and stole $1,000 from them, charging papers say. They escaped when one woman’s boyfriend showed up, the papers say.

One victim told police that Mobley wanted to be known as the “biggest gangster in Seattle,” the charges allege.

Mobley was arrested June 23, but not before he intentionally rammed a sergeant’s patrol car in an attempt to get away, charging papers say.

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