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Ex-TLC reality TV star Josh Duggar sentenced to 12 years in prison

Ex-reality TV star Josh Duggar has been sentenced today (Wednesday, May 25) for 12 years.

The former TLC star was sent to jail for 151 months, around 12.5 years, after he was found guilty by a federal jury of receiving child pornography.

Duggar will go to Seagoville, Texas, to serve his sentence, or a jail in Texarkana, Arkansas, The Sun reports.

The 34-year-old was convicted on December 9 following a two-week trial at the end of last year. Duggar was initially found guilty on two counts of possessing and receiving child pornography, however, in the sentencing hearing, the possession of child pornography charge was dismissed without prejudice, The Sun reports.

Josh Duggar, who featured in TLC show 19 Kids And Counting, and his legal team previously requested sentencing to be postponed for 30 days on April 5.

Duggar has been in Washington County Detention Center in his home state in Arkansas prior to his sentencing.

Judge Timothy L Brooks approved the request to move the sentencing to May 25. The hearing took place in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

A request from Duggar’s attorneys for an acquittal or new trial was denied by the judge.

At the time, attorneys released a statement on the request to Fox News. It said: “We appreciate the jury’s lengthy deliberations, we respect the jury’s verdict, and we intend to appeal,” defense attorneys Justin Gelfand, Ian Murphy, and Travis Story said in December.

‘Justice has been served’

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Following Duggar’s conviction on December 9, his cousin Amy King tweeted: “Justice has been served.”

She wrote on social media: “May the jurors and Judge Brooks seek healing / counselling from all that was exposed to them.

“May the children grow up with real Godly men as father figures who will guide and protect them. May the people who were once in disbelief have their eyes opened for the first time.”

The prosecution had asked the judge to consider Duggar receive the maximum sentence of 20 years. His lawyers asked the court to send him to jail for five years.

Duggar has been ordered to pay $50,100 in fines, it’s reported. This includes a $10,000 fine, and $100, $5,000 and $35,000 for separate special assessments.

The Sun reports Duggar has until the month before he is released to pay the fines.

Duggar will face 20 years of probation when he is released, and is not allowed unsupervised visitation with children. He will also not be allowed to have a computer.

His attorneys said Duggar hopes to appeal

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Duggar has maintained he is innocent. It’s reported he intends to appeal the conviction, his lawyers wrote in their sentencing memorandum.

“Duggar accepts that he is before this court for sentencing and that this court must impose a penalty,” his attorneys said in the memorandum.

“That is justice. But Duggar also appeals to this court’s discretion to temper that justice with mercy.”

Duggar has 14 days to appeal the sentence.

TLC cancelled 19 Kids And Counting, in which Duggar’s family featured, in 2015.

If you have been affected by this story, you can contact the RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network, National Sexual Hotline. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 1 (800) 656-4673. You can also contact the Department of Defense Safe Helpline for Sexual Assault on 1 (877) 955-5247.

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Lottie is the Head of Audience for Entertainment and Gaming, working with the teams on HITC, Reality Titbit, The Focus and Freshered. She is passionate about news being accessible to everyone, and focuses on bringing audiences quality content that they enjoy. She loves the art of storytelling, whether that be news, movies or heavy hardback fiction.