A Boston pimp who ran a national prostitution operation pleaded guilty to fatally knifing a rival New York flesh peddler after the two men bickered over a cash trade for a hooker, prosecutors said Monday.
Samuel Whiteside, 31, now faces up to life in prison for murdering Anthony Martino on June 5, 2013, at the Metro Motel in the Bronx.
“Samuel Whiteside has now admitted that he traveled from Boston to New York to murder a rival with whom he had a dispute over his prostitution business,” said Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara.
“Violence that is so often associated with the prostitution business led to a murder here.”
Whiteside believed Martino owed him between $1,500 and $2,000 for a working gal who switched teams — from his stable to Martino’s — according to an FBI affidavit.
A witness told the feds he was with Martino at the motel on June 4 and heard him in a telephone screaming match with Whiteside. Another witness says he saw Whiteside leave Martino’s room hours later the following morning with blood on his hand and forearm and “carrying what appeared to be a knife,” the affidavit says.
“Specifically the victim and Aura had a dispute about a prostitute who had `belonged’ to Aura and been traded and sold by Aura,” according to a report written by FBI Special Agent Joseph Downs.
“Aura was angry and believed that the victim owed Aura $1,500 or $2,000 for that prostitute who had been traded and sold.”
Martino challenged Whiteside to settle the score in person — and even gave him the motel’s address, according to feds.
Investigators say they have video footage of Whiteside entering the motel and cellphone records that show the suspect traveling from Boston to the Bronx.
Whiteside — who pleaded guilty Thursday — sold women for sex in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina and Illinois, prosecutors said.