MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison after being accused of using a 13-year-old runaway from Minneapolis to promote prostitution in Moorhead.

Local stations report 25-year-old Prince Jones was sentenced Thursday. He had been convicted of promoting prostitution of an individual. He must serve at least 12 years of his sentence in prison.

Jones was accused of transporting the girl from the Twin Cities to Moorhead and posting a prostitution ad online. He was arrested at a Moorhead motel.

The defense argued Jones should have received a seven-year sentence because police found out about it before the girl could actually be prostituted.

Another person charged in the case, Eyeesha Hinton, is serving a four-year sentence.

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