BILLINGS, Mont. — A federal judge has sentenced a couple who ran a prostitution ring out of two Montana massage parlors to 13 months each in prison.
U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull in Billings on Wednesday rejected requests for leniency in the case of Gregory and Suzie McFarland.
They pleaded guilty in August to interstate promotion of prostitution and money laundering, and will forfeit $1.2 million in profits under a plea agreement. Authorities say the couple ran the Billings sex ring through a company that contracted with 35 women, most of them from Minnesota.
Defense attorney Vernon Woodward sought a sentence of home confinement. He says the McFarlands ran an "immaculately clean" prostitution business and dutifully paid their taxes.
Cebull says those factors do not excuse their illegal activities.