SPOKANE, Wash. -- The owner of a massage parlor that was raided back in 2012 as part of a prostitution ring is facing a new charge. Yet, a judge decided to release her Friday.
Brandy Birkland owned Montana’s Spa on East Trent. Prosecutors were asking for bail to be set in this case, but ultimately the judge decided to agree with Birkland’s defense attorney and released her out of custody.
Birkland appeared in court this afternoon facing new charges of leading organized crime. The state asked for bond to be set at $50,000. The defense argued she had a limited criminal history and those crimes were years ago. She also has a two-week-old child.
The judge agreed to release her, pointing out there was no sign of a threat to the public.
In the summer of 2012, she was facing charges of prostitution and money laundering. She is the latest suspect to appear in court for a case that started back in 2011.
The yearlong investigation led to raids in 2012 and uncovered thousands and thousands of dollars involved in the business.
Birkland will be back in court at the end of the month for her arraignment.