'Java Juggs' owner pleads guilty to promoting prostitution

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Carmela Panico appears in court on Sept. 2, 2014.
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - The owner of Java Juggs and Twin Peaks espresso stands pleaded guilty Tuesday in Everett to charges of promoting prostitution and money laundering.

Snohomish County prosecutors say baristas at five stands owned by Carmela Panico engaged in sex shows and prostitution to earn hundreds of thousands of dollars in tips.

The 52-year-old could face up to a year in a jail when she's sentenced in March, but prosecutors are recommending a two-day jail sentence with credit for two days served.

The Daily Herald reports as part of a plea deal Panico agreed to surrender $250,000 deputies seized from her home in a 2013 raid. She also turns over the five coffee stands to the city of Everett. And she agreed to testify against others involved in her criminal activities.