Less than a month after a Douglas County jury aquited Denver Broncos defensive lineman Bill Romonowski,, officials have decided to drop charges of conspiracy and fraud against the linebacker's wife, Julie Romonowski.
"We don't believe we have reasonable likelihood of success," said District Attorney Jim Peters. " Since she was merely obtaining it (phentermine) for Bill, it wouldn't be fair to convict one and not the other."
Julie Romonowski, who was scheduled to go to trial on Aug. 14, was charged along with Littelton internist Dr. Randall Snook and friend Loretta Johnson of using other peoples names on prescriptions that were intended to be used by Bill Romonowski.
Had she been convicted she faced a possible 25-½ year prison term and an $80,000 fine, according to Mike Knight, spokesman for the District Attorney's office.
Authorities claim that once she obtained the prescription drug, she supplied it to her husband, who used it to enhance his performance during games between September 1998 and January 1999.
Dr. Snook, who pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of unlawfully dispensing a controlled substance, admitted that he knew it was illegal to use other peoples' names on the prescription, but claimed he had never informed Julie Romonowski that it broke the law.
The Romonowski's claim that they used other people's names to protect Bill's anonymity.
"Both Bill and I are delighted that we can finally put this issue behind us and the accusations to rest," Mrs. Romonowski said in a statement issued through Arvin Public Relations. "As we look ahead, out attention remains focused on our kids, and helping bring another World Championship to Denver."