Attorney General Steve Marshall has announced that the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the human-trafficking conviction of an Enterprise man sentenced to life in prison. 

Andy Lamont Tinker, 39, was convicted in a Coffee County Circuit Court on Oct. 7, 2021, for first-degree human trafficking and sentenced to life imprisonment.

The prosecution demonstrated in the trial that between May and August 2020, Tinker forced his victim to perform sexual acts on numerous occasions at an Enterprise hotel.

The victim testified at trial that if she refused to participate in prostitution, she was beaten and drugged to facilitate the meetings. At trial, Tinker contended that the victim was a “jobless, drug-addicted prostitute” who was not actually confined to a motel room. The jury rejected Tinker’s defense and found him guilty.

Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals rejected Tinker’s request to overturn his conviction on Friday.

“Human trafficking is a serious crime, and those who exploit their victims for personal gain will be held accountable under the law,” Marshall said.

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