Folks, it’s time to let out a giant sigh of relief.
More than two years after federal agents raided a car dealership owned by Josh Duggar, the case against the disgraced former reality star has finally come to a satisfactory conclusion.
Earlier today, Josh was found guilty of possessing and receiving child pornography.
He faces 20 years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines.
Many outlets have reported that Josh faces 20 years for each of the two counts against him, but according to a statement from Washington County Prosecutor Clay Fowlkes, he cannot be formally convicted of both crimes “by function of law.”
So while Josh was convicted on both counts, he will only be charged with receiving child porn, as possession is the lesser of the two crimes.
But the fact remains that Josh will be headed to prison for a very long time.
Once he’s released, he’ll be forced to register as a sex offender, a precaution that will hopefully prevent him from claiming more victims.
“In the federal system, if he is convicted and sentenced to the Bureau of Prisons, or BOP, he would serve about 86% of any sentence he would receive, before he was eligible for release,” Arkansas defense attorney Bobby Digby recently told Hollywood Life.
“In the federal system they don’t call it parole, they call it supervised release, but it’s essentially parole,” Digby added.
“So there’d be sex offender registration, all kinds of stuff like that.”
There was some uncertainty as to whether or not Josh would be released pending his sentencing in April.
Those questions were answered when bailiffs slapped the cuffs on Duggar and transported him to the local county jail shortly after he was convicted today.
According to a report from The Sun, Josh “looked over at his family” as he was cuffed, and the father of seven appeared to have “tears in his eyes.”
“Mr. Duggar 100 percent has been compliant awaiting trial,” Judge Timothy L. Brooks said after the jury announced its verdict.
“I appreciate that, and I wanted to acknowledge that; however, because of the guilty offenses, he must be detained regardless of flight risk, so there will be a mandatory detention. The marshalls will set that up.”
But while Josh might have been overcome with sadness as he said a silent goodbye to his wife, father, and siblings, it seems his mood turned around shortly after he left the courtroom.
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Source:: The Hollywood Gossip