- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A man convicted of sex trafficking in the Williston area has been sentenced to more than 33 years in federal prison.

Thirty-nine-year-old Keith Graves was convicted on five counts of sex trafficking by force or coercion, distribution of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine in October.

KXMB-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1opyf4d ) that federal prosecutors had asked for life in prison. Judge Daniel Hovland sentenced him to 33 years and nine months. Graves said in court Friday he will appeal.

Women who testified for the prosecution said Graves used a handgun, bat and fists to keep them in line.

Graves was one of the main subjects in “The Overnighters,” a documentary that won an award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. It followed a pastor who opened his church to homeless oil workers.

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Information from: KXMB-TV, https://www.kxnet.com

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