Former 19 Kids & Counting star Josh Duggar has received his sentence in his child pornography case. On Wednesday, May 25, Josh went to court to learn what exactly his future holds. Now, his fate has been revealed. Keep reading to get all of the details about Josh’s crimes and his sentencing.
The eldest of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s 19 kids was arrested in the spring of 2021. He later went to trial in November of 2021. He was found guilty of both receiving and possessing child pornography in December. He’s facing up to 20 years behind bars, plus he will have fines to pay.
Josh Duggar’s defense has asked for an acquittal or a new trial, but those requests have been denied by the judge.
Ahead of his sentencing, several members of the Duggar family, as well as friends, submitted letters to the judge in hopes of a lighter sentence. In these letters, they claimed that Josh is a “wonderful father and husband.”
Meanwhile, cousin Amy King called for a harsh sentence and said he is a “monster.”
Previously, the prosecution recommended a 240-month sentence. Josh’s defense, however, asked for a five-year sentence.
On Wednesday, May 25, The Sun shared live updates, though devices were not allowed in the courtroom. The news outlet reported that the following family members were present:
- Jim Bob Duggar (Josh’s father)
- Anna Duggar (Josh’s wife)
- Joy-Anna Forsyth, Jason Duggar, and James Duggar (Josh’s siblings)
Now, the time has come and Josh’s fate has been revealed. So, what exactly does his future hold?
Josh Duggar sentenced to 12.5 years behind bars
The sentencing hearing began in the morning around 9:30 a.m. CT. In the afternoon on Wednesday, May 25, KNWA reporter Anna Darling broke the news that Josh Duggar will spend 151 months or roughly 12-and-a-half years in prison.
At this point, it has not been revealed what federal prison Josh will be serving his time in.
— Anna Darling (@AnnaDarlingTV) May 25, 2022
Josh is currently 34 years old. He and his wife, Anna Duggar, share seven children aged 12 years to seven months, Mackynzie, Michael, Marcus, Meredith, Mason, Maryella, and Madyson.
So, does Josh Duggar’s sentence surprise you? What do you think is next for the rest of the family? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below. For more news about the Duggar family, come back to TV Shows Ace.
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