$500 bail for pimp suspect now $150,000 after prosecutors object

A Milwaukee man wanted since October on child trafficking, armed burglary and other felony charges who was given bail of just $500 after his arrest this weekend, now must come up with $150,000 to get out of jail.

Court Commissioner J.C. Moore set the relatively low bail — which created a buzz around the courthouse on Monday — but added strict conditions that Kevin M. Robinson, 26, not have any contact with three specific people or anyone else who is a victim or possible witness in any of his cases.

On Tuesday, a prosecutor appealed Moore’s bail decision to Circuit Judge Joseph Donald, who agreed to raise the bail to $150,000.

Commissioners, appointed by the chief judge, preside at initial appearances, preliminary hearings and arraignments in criminal cases, and perform other significant duties in civil, family, juvenile and probate courts. Their bail decisions can be reviewed by a circuit judge.

Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Williams argued that not only did Robinson skip out on a $500 bail for a less serious, misdemeanor offense in Winnebago County, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office had information that he was planning to leave the area.

Robinson argued that the charges he faces are reissued charges after earlier cases were dismissed when the prosecution wasn’t ready to proceed in time to meet Robinson’s speedy trial demands. He said he had appeared for all hearings while out on $4,000 in one case, and been jailed nine months on the other before it was dismissed.

“I can’t run the rest of my life, especially now that they’re showing me on TV every day,” he said. His case had been featured Friday on a WITI-TV (Channel 6) segment about most wanted fugitives. Robinson said he has been “overcharged by overzealous” prosecutors, and that he needs to be out to assist in his defense.

He claimed he called a hotline to volunteer to surrender when he learned of the reissued charges. Williams disputed that, saying that Robinson was attempting to flee out the back of a location where agents had arrived on a tip about his location.

Robinson faces five felonies — kidnapping, two counts of trafficking of a child, armed burglary and armed robbery. Most of the offenses occurred in July 2015. One trafficking offense is from December 2015.

Donald said while the primary function of bail is to assure that a defendant will appear in court, “there is a secondary factor, to protect the public.” He told Robinson said that once he gets an attorney assigned, he can ask to modify his bail.

 

 

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