Josh was found guilty by a jury on November 30th, 2021, after being charged with two counts of downloading and possessing child pornography in April 2021. A federal Homeland Security agent stated during the trial that pornographic photos depicting the sexual assault of minors, including infants, were downloaded using a computer at Josh’s car dealership in May 2019. Josh first pled not guilty to the charges. Now Duggar has now been sentenced to 12 years in prison.
According to Fox 24 news anchor Mike Allen, Josh Duggar will serve 151 months in prison, or roughly 12 and a half years. On May 25, five months after being convicted of receiving and possessing child pornography, the 34-year-old reality star was sentenced in the Western District of Arkansas Federal Court in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Josh apparently had “no emotion” when told the time frame when Allen tweeted the breaking news shortly after the sentencing. One charge against him was dismissed before his sentencing was revealed on Wednesday afternoon, thanks to an agreement between the defense and prosecution. It was vacated without prejudice on count 2, and the presiding judge, U.S. District Judge Timothy L. Brooks, “noted that possession is a lesser included offense of the receipt of child pornography,” according to People.
According to the outlet, Judge Brooks also determined that Josh did not deliberately disseminate pornography and “sustained the defense’s objection to that potential enhancement to Duggar’s sentence.” Josh’s father, Jim Bob Duggar, and his wife, Anna Duggar, were allegedly in the front row of the court to support him.
According to reports, his sister Joy-Anna (Duggar) Forsyth and brother Jason Duggar were also present. Josh was unanimously found guilty of receiving and possessing child pornography on Dec. 9, 2021, before his sentence and defense team filed their motions. For each offence, he faced up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000. At the time, a lawyer told HollywoodLife that he was expected to serve both terms concurrently, meaning he’d likely spend 20 years in prison.
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