The Satellite Hotel, built in 1969, includes 76 rooms and 241 condominiums. Today, the hotel averages just 6 customers a night leading some residents to demand it be closed and the rooms converted to condos. This is a 2004 file photo. Photo by The Gazette.

A Denver judge Friday sentenced an airline pilot and tax protestor from Black Forest to 45 days in jail plus 10 years probation for failing to pay more than $60,000 in state taxes, penalties and interest, according to the Colorado Attorney General’s office.

Denver District Court Judge Kenneth M. Laff imposed the sentence on Jack Wharton Thomas, whom a jury found guilty of tax evasion, fraud by check, forgery and filing a false tax return.

Laff also suspended a three year prison sentence that Thomas will face if he fails to comply with the terms of his probation.


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