JERSEY CITY -- The boss of a North Jersey prostitution ring was sentenced to 18 years in prison today for crimes including forcing a 14-year-old runaway into having sex with up to 10 men per day.
"I may be a lot of things, but I don't feel like a bad person," said Michael McLeod, 25, of Jersey City, before Hudson County Superior Court Judge Mitzy Galis-Menendez sentenced him to nearly two decades in prison.
"I take responsibility to my actions," said McLeod, who was also given a $15,000 human trafficking fine. "I'm not saying I'm completely innocent, but I don't think that I'm completely guilty either... I just want to say I'm sorry. I ask for another chance. I just beg for some kind of leniency."
However, Galis-Menendez had a stern message for McLeod.
"Selling a child for sex is never OK," she said during today's sentencings, which included three others charged in connection to the ring.