Sallie Saxon, who made millions of dollars operating a high-priced prostitution ring in Charlotte, was sentenced this morning to two years in prison.
U.S. District Court Judge Frank Whitney ordered Saxon to be taken into custody and to begin serving her sentence immediately.
"Oh no, your honor!" Saxon said after hearing the sentencing. Then she began crying.
Turning to her family and friends who crowded the courtroom, she said, "I'm sorry."
Her husband, Donald Saxon, broke down sobbing.
Donald Saxon was sentenced to 21 months in prison. He was accused of picking up cash payments from prostitutes after their sessions with clients.
Taylorsville photographer Glenn Fox, who was accused of taking photographs for the prostitutes to 15 months in prison.
Saxon, who ran the call-girl service from her home in southeast Charlotte and had more than 500 clients, had faced up to four years in prison.
But prosecutors and Saxon cut a deal: She'd plead guilty to conspiring to entice women to cross state lines to engage in prostitution and agree to cooperate with the government's continuing investigation. In exchange, prosecutors agreed to recommend a two-year sentence if Saxon provided substantial assistance in the investigation.
Two businessmen, one from Charlotte and one from the Raleigh area, have pleaded guilty in connection with Saxon's prostitution ring.
Saxon, 58, made $3 million arranging high-priced call-girls for clients. She charged "johns" as much as $700 an hour for her prostitutes.
Saxon's prostitutes used hotels in the SouthPark and uptown areas. One told authorities she made about $160,000 in 2006.
Donald Saxon, 53, faces 27 months to 33 months in prison. But prosecutors also have filed a motion to reduce his sentence for cooperation.
Fox, 58, faces from 15 months to 21 months in prison.