On Christmas Eve 2016, a 16-year-old girl was found brutally murdered in Chicago. Now, federal prosecutors have secured their first conviction in a case trying to bring justice to the slain teenager.
On Tuesday, Charles McFee admitted to a judge that he delivered teen Desiree Robinson to Joseph Hazley, an alleged pimp, for a “finder’s fee” of $250. Hazley then sold Desiree to her accused killer, Antonio Rosales. The teenager’s body was found badly beaten and with her throat slit in a garage in a Southwestern Chicago suburb.
As the Chicago-Sun Times reports, charges are still pending against Hazley but McFee is expected to testify against him. In exchange, prosecutors are expected to ask a judge to knock a third off his sentence, which means he’ll likely face between six and eight years in prison.
Rosales, however, has been charged in state court with Desiree’s murder.
During McFee’s trial a conversation he had with Desiree through Facebook before her death was revealed.
“Just don’t forget who yo daddy is n change up on me or start acting funny toward me cuz u joining his team don’t mean you nun u still mine don’t every forget that we n this together right baby girl,” he wrote.
Following her death, McFee sent a message to an anonymous woman that read “Did you hear?”
“Yes I did she f**king 16 dude the hell u bring him a 16 year old for the f**k,” she wrote back before adding, “How stupid can u be.”
“I didn’t even kno she lie about her age,” McFee allegedly wrote back.
Prior to her death, Desiree ran away from her grandmother’s house in November 2016, and was living with Hazley. Hazley then put up ads for Desiree on Backpage.com, a classified-ad site that, at the time, featured an “adult” section where services for escorts and sex workers were frequently advertised. He arranged for the teen to go on multiple dates a day, gave her clothing to wear, drove her to appointments and acted as security.
Desiree’s mother, Yvonne Ambrose, has sued Backpage.com and testified before the U.S. Senate last year in favor of a bill that would combat websites like Backpage. Although the bill passed the Senate 97-2 last month, it still needs Donald Trump‘s signature.