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Cleveland man interrupts judge to plead guilty to human trafficking

Isaiah Harris (Source: Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office) Isaiah Harris (Source: Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office)
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

According to Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty, a Cleveland man who trafficked both human beings and heroin has pleaded guilty and will be sentenced later this week.

On Wednesday, Isaiah Harris, 34, interrupted his trial in the courtroom of Cuyahoga Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Jackson to inform the judge that he was changing his plea to guilty on all charges.

Those charges include:

- 3 counts of trafficking in persons, a first-degree felony

- 3 counts of compelling prostitution

- 5 counts of promoting prostitution

- 2 counts of drug trafficking

- 2 counts of drug possession

- 1 count of possessing criminal tools

Judge Jackson will sentence Harris on Friday.

The state of Ohio, represented at trial by assistant county prosecutors Melissa Riley and Kerry Sowul, had begun presenting a case that would show Harris used heroin to coerce at least three women into performing sex acts for hire. He also managed the prostitution work of two other women.

A co-defendant, Marissa Horner, entered pleas of guilty to related charges and is also awaiting sentencing by Judge Jackson.

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