April 04, 2017 07:35 AM
It took about 10 minutes for Terri Ann Milstein to enter a guilty plea in Hennepin County Court on Monday morning to the charge of promoting prostitution after a case that started back in 2013.
Milstein, 48 of Maple Grove, told the court as part of her guilty plea that she posted ads online, handled phone calls and texts with clients and assisted in arranging prostitution services.
"She's been dealing with the court system for four years," said Milstein’s attorney, Steven J. Meshbesher. “This is a harsh treatment for a non-violence offense."
Outside of the lawyers, court workers, and Milstein’s family, Lisa Johnson was the only person listening closely to every word uttered in court.
"My daughter did get caught up with her many, many years ago," said Johnson, who alleged her daughter worked for Milstein. “This just ripples out when you have something like this happens to your family."
Johnson plans to address the court when Milstein returns for sentencing next Monday.
"I hope to speak next week for all families just looking for justice,” Johnson said. “It felt like it was never going to end."
Before this story broke, Milstein was a volunteer guardian ad litem, helping children in the legal system in Minnesota.
Milstein completed training in May 2007, and left the program on September 10, 2013, a courts spokesperson said in an email to 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS.
The crime to which Milstein pleaded guilty on Monday happened on September 6, 2013, in Plymouth.
Police investigated the case after finding several online ads in 2013 that linked to an email with "Angels Hot Girls" in the address.
That led officers to go undercover to several Plymouth-area hotels to meet women from the ads, according to court records.
Police say they met a woman at a hotel off Interstate 494 in Plymouth who told them Milstein had girls going on between four and 10 dates per day, adding she had more than 10 girls working for her, documents show.
"If somebody was to be in this position, if they want to change their lives around, they can," Meshbesher said.
Meshbesher said that's what Milstein has done, adding that she has been to treatment and done volunteer work since the case began.
As part of the plea deal, prosecutors dropped a second charge of promoting prostitution that could have carried upward of 15 years in prison.
The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office said that as part of the plea deal Milstein could face five years probation and possibly up to 365 days in the Hennepin County Correctional Facility, as well as a maximum $40,000 in fines.
Updated: April 04, 2017 07:35 AM
Created: April 03, 2017 05:02 PM
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