(Lara Cooper / Noozhawk photo)

(Lara Cooper / Noozhawk photo)

A dramatic sentencing unfolded in Santa Barbara County Superior Court on Friday, ending the first human-trafficking case ever to be brought to trial in the county.

The court heard a heartrending witness statement from a young woman who had been forced into prostitution since her early teens.

The man convicted of forcing the teen into prostitution, which took place in Santa Barbara County as well as other locations, was sentenced Friday to decades behind bars, but not before a violent outburst caused him to be physically removed from the courtroom.

Brannon Lawrence Pitcher was found guilty last month by a jury of two counts of human trafficking of a minor, along with the special allegation that he used force, fear, fraud, deceit and violence while trafficking a girl, who was 16 at the time.

To read more: http://www.noozhawk.com/article/sentencing_explosive_ending_to_countys_first_human_trafficking_trial

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