- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Burleigh County prosecutors have dropped felony human trafficking charges against a man who allegedly tried to chew his fingertips to conceal his identity following his arrest.

Thirty-nine-year-old Thurman Stanley was arrested last December for allegedly holding two prostitutes by coercion. He could have faced up to 40 years in prison if convicted, but authorities dropped the felony charges after losing contact with the women who were said to be victims.

Stanley on Monday pleaded guilty to misdemeanor drug, trespass and false information charges. He was sentenced to time served, or about 4 ½ months. He’ll now be extradited to Pennsylvania to face human trafficking-related charges there.

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