Memphis strip club king out of prison

Published: Feb. 10, 2016 at 2:15 AM CST|Updated: Feb. 10, 2016 at 2:41 AM CST
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(SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)
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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - He was once known as the King of the Memphis strip clubs. Now, he is back in Memphis and out from behind bars.

Danny Owens was the notorious owner of several clubs in Memphis before being taken down by prosecutors more than 20 years ago. His trial in the 1990s gave an inside look at the workings of strip clubs like Danny's.

Prosecutors called employees, dancers, and insiders to testify about what prosecutors called "salacious goings on" in the club.

Owens, known as a bit of an enforcer, once walked into a competitor's business swinging a baseball bat. Owens testified in his federal trial, but the jury convicted him on gambling and prostitution related charges and money laundering. That amounted to attempting to hide proceeds from illegal activity.

Owens' many real estate holdings, include his clubs, were sold and the proceeds divvied up by government agencies. Owens spent much of his more than 20 years behind bars in Lompoc Federal prison in California.

He is now 66 years old and currently in a halfway house in Memphis. He is expected to be released in a few months.

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