Brenda Stewart: Ex-Denver Players owner cops plea, 69 other counts dropped (VIDEO)

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Last month, we shared reports that ex-Denver Players/Denver Sugar owner Brenda Stewart would cop a plea -- and at a hearing yesterday, the agreement was formalized. In exchange for her pleading guilty to a single count of tax evasion, prosecutors dropped an appropriate number of other charges against the alleged madam of the notorious prostitution business: 69.

Some may see a disconnect in this pact. After all, previous Denver Players owner Scottie Ewing was allowed to plead guilty to one tax evasion count, too, after he agreed to testify against Stewart. Yet she's now received the same deal as Ewing did.

Whether the punishment will be equivalent isn't known: Stewart's sentencing won't take place until November. But Ewing received six months of home detention -- punishment that didn't stop him from throwing the Denver mayor's race into an uproar via claims that eventual winner Michael Hancock had used Denver Players' services.

At this writing, the person most publicly chasing a story many news agencies seem eager to move past is Complete Colorado's Todd Shepherd, whose request for information about possible surveillance footage of Denver Players was rejected by the Denver Police Department. However, one of the main reasons the DPD offered for the turndown was the continuing prosecution of Stewart. With the plea deal done, will the cops be more forthcoming either now or after her sentencing? And at that point, will anyone care? Those questions remain to be answered. In the meantime, here's CBS4's coverage of Stewart's court appearance:

More from our Comment of the Day archive: "Reader: Michael Hancock prostitution story equivalent to hunt for the Easter Bunny."

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Bob Smith
Bob Smith

At the end of the Post story on this they had to include a paragraph stating that they had investigated Han(d)cock allegations but found nothing. Beat that dead horsie, y'all.

The story also included the obligatory high-end big shot customers identification of the business, citing Nottingham as evidence - but the numbers included in the story make me wonder about that.

If they charged $350 and they're high end, then Colo Convention and Visitors Bureau is missing a great marketing opportunity, something like "Denver - Stay and Play (around) Cheap". Hell, Spitzer might move here permanently.

The total yearly profit of $84,000 seems kind of meager to me too; I would have thought they could have made more than that with just the Stock Show and a convention or two. I guess crime really doesn't pay - or maybe it's just that Denver's big shots are models of rectitude.

More and more the whole thing sounds, well, cowtownish, and the continuing coverage like some kind of PR ploy between Ewing and the cops.

johninlongmont
johninlongmont

hmm...I don't think anyone was paying $300/hr for "carter"

;-)

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