US Attorney Preet Bharara Is Hard On A Pimp Killer

Boston Man Pleads Guilty to Bronx Murder Arising Out Of Prostitution Business

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that Samuel L. Whiteside pled guilty on September 10, 2015, in Manhattan federal court to traveling interstate to commit murder to further his prostitution business, and to persuading, inducing, enticing, and coercing women to travel interstate to engage in prostitution.

Preet Bharara_Scolding LawmakersManhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said: “Samuel Whiteside has now admitted that he traveled from Boston to New York to murder a rival with whom he had a dispute over his prostitution business.  Violence that is so often associated with the prostitution business led to a murder here.  Thanks to the work of the FBI and the New York City Police Department, the murderer here has been brought to justice.”

Prosecutors charged that in the early morning hours of June 5, 2012, Sam Whiteside murdered Anthony Martino by stabbing him to death in a motel room at the Metro Motel, in the Bronx, New York.  Whiteside killed Martino over an unresolved dispute related to their illicit sex trafficking.

Whiteside and Martino had a dispute over a woman who had worked as a hooker for Whiteside.  Whiteside, a sex trafficker believe Martino owed him money for the woman, spent weeks looking for him.

Finally, locating Martino at the Metro Motel, Whiteside traveled overnight from Boston to the Bronx.  Arriving on the morning of June 5, 2012, Whiteside forced his way into Martino’s room, attacking and stabbing him three times with a knife killing Martino.

Federal prosecutors also charged Whiteside with sex trafficking between January 2012 and February 2013.  Whiteside took the women to various locations in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Illinois to engage in prostitution.

Samuel Whiteside, 31, of Dorchester, Massachusetts, faces a maximum of life in prison and eight years of supervised release.  He is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Crotty on December 8, 2015.

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