Spitzer Madam Gets 6 Months

Teary Cecil Suwal asked judge for mercy
By Sarah Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 30, 2009 11:41 AM CST
Then-New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer is joined by his wife, Silda, as he makes a statement to reporters during a news conference in New York on March 10, 2008.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, file)
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(Newser) – The 24-year-old who ran the call-girl ring that brought down Eliot Spitzer will serve 6 months in prison, the New York Daily News reports. Cecil Suwal of New York, who has pleaded guilty to money laundering and conspiring to promote prostitution, wept as she asked the judge for mercy. "It is my aim to prevent others, especially young girls, from making the kind of mistakes that I have made," she said.

It seems her pleas might have helped. Prosecutors wanted Suwal to spend at least 21 months in prison, but the judge decided to go easy on her because of the apparent sway that her Emperors Club VIP boss had over her. Proof: Suwal has a tattoo that reads "Property of Mark Brener."