updated 1/29/2009 4:33:58 PM ET 2009-01-29T21:33:58

A woman who helped run the prostitution ring that brought down former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer has been sentenced to six months in prison.

Cecil Suwal was sentenced Thursday by a federal judge in Manhattan.

Prosecutors had asked the judge to give the young madam around two years in prison for her role in managing the Emperors Club VIP escort service.

Her lawyer says she deserved leniency. The defense says she got involved in the business through a much older boyfriend who psychologically dominated her.

Suwal had pleaded guilty last spring to charges involving money laundering and promoting prostitution.

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