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15-year-old arrested for running prostitution ring with older brother sentenced for robbery

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Dionte Hunter was sentenced to 24 months after pleading guilty to a robbery charge Dionte Hunter was sentenced to 24 months after pleading guilty to a robbery charge
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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Dionte Hunter, the Spokane teenager accused of running a prostitution ring with his older brother Thaishaun last year, took a plea deal on Wednesday that will land him in jail for the next 2 years. 

Police say Dionte and his 17-year-old older brother, Thaishaun, were pimping out girls, some as young as 14, and making lots of money doing it. The investigation began nearly a year ago when Thaishaun was arrested on a charge relating to a shooting near the Hillyard Safeway on January 26. Police heard that those arrested for that shooting were making threats against witnesses, warning them not to talk. To follow up on those threats, they tapped the phones in the Spokane County Juvenile Detention Center. Instead they heard about the prostitution ring. 

They say on recorded phone calls they heard Thaishaun telling Dionte. how to run a prostitution ring, using, among others, the brothers' girlfriends as prostitutes. One of those girls, who was underage, has a child with Thaishaun.

Police say Dionte was using Backpage.com to advertise the girls, then would send them out to calls. According to court documents the brothers talked in code, saying things like "Make them think they're going to be reimbursed, even if they're not," and "Treat them right, that way they stay around, and make sure they do the calls."

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According to court documents, police found the underage girls on Backpage.com and set up a meeting with them. Court documents say when the girls found out their "johns" were actually police officers, they told the entire story. According to one of those girls, they gave a quarter of the money they made to the brothers' mom. They said she was using part of it to save for the cost of bailing out Thaishaun, whose bail was $175,000.

Police say their investigation crossed into a separate investigation by the Spokane County Sheriff's Office into a robbery that happened during a prostitution call. Sheriff's deputies say during the call, the prostitute and her pimps attacked the "john" and robbed him of at least $400. They believe that Dionte was one of those pimps and charged him with first degree robbery, the charge he pleaded guilty to on Wednesday. 

Dionte, who was 15-years-old at the time of his arrest, was originally charged with seven crimes, including Exploiting a minor for sexual purposes, possession of depictions of minors, dealing sexually explicit material, promoting travel for the purpose of sex with minors, promoting sex with minors, conspiracy to promote travel for the purpose of sex with minors and robbery. 

As part of a plea deal, Hunter entered a guilty plea to the robbery charge on Wednesday and was sentenced to 24 months. The judge gave Hunter an "exceptional sentence" because of his age. The standard sentence would have been 31 months. 

The judge asked Hunter during Wednesday's hearing if he knew how much trouble he was in, to which Hunter replied "Yes, sir." 

Prosecutors asked that Hunter also not be allowed to have contact with known gang members, felons or victims. 

Hunter will be almost 18 when he is released and during Wednesday's hearing the judge encouraged him to take advantage educational resources and opportunities during his sentence. 

According to court documents, Dionte Hunter has had numerous, increasingly violent contacts with police since he was 12. Court records say that he once assaulted a teacher at Garry Middle School while a student there. He has two previous felony convictions.

Hunter's family was in court Wednesday, but did not comment to KHQ. 

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