A Jefferson Parish grand jury has handed up an eight-count indictment on racketeering and other charges against Keston Mimmitt Jr., accusing him and two unnamed accomplices of killing a Metairie woman and other crimes to sustain a drug-running and prostitution ring in Jefferson and Orleans parishes over many years.

Notably, the indictment handed up Thursday in 24th Judicial District Court does not charge Mimmitt with murder in the slaying of Paige Fuentes, the 54-year-old woman found strangled in her bed in late 2016.

Instead, Fuentes' killing is listed only as one of six acts that prosecutors claim Mimmitt committed as part of the racketeering conspiracy. 

The indictment says Mimmitt, 35, two people identified as Enterprise members A and B and others controlled female prostitutes through violence and by feeding their drug habits.

Other acts "in furtherance" of the conspiracy included forcible rape, kidnapping and false imprisonment, distribution of controlled dangerous substances, maintaining premises for prostitution, money laundering and witness intimidation, the indictment says.

The alleged conspiracy ran from Jan. 1, 2006, to Feb. 26, 2015, in Jefferson and other parishes, according to the indictment.

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Besides the racketeering charge, which carries a maximum 50-year prison sentence, the indictment accuses Mimmitt of a human trafficking conspiracy and human trafficking over the course of three years ending in July. 

Five counts accuse him of rape, human trafficking, kidnapping and witness intimidation, all involving the same victim, who is now 22 and is identified only as S.A.

Mimmitt was arrested July 12 on a count of raping a woman and holding her against her will in the 2100 block of Manson Drive.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responding to a call that a woman had hurt her leg learned that the woman said she had been trying to escape from Mimmitt. The woman said Mimmitt had been forcing her into prostitution for months and would abuse her if she refused.

Two months later, Mimmitt, who was still in jail, was booked on a murder count in the death of Fuentes, who 10 months earlier had been found dead in her home with a pillow over her face and a strap around her neck.

Fuentes was a theater wardrobe attendant whose three children included a JPSO deputy.

Mimmitt’s attorney said at the time that there was no physical evidence linking his client to the crime.

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