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Josh Duggar was sentenced Wednesday to more than 12 years in prison in his child pornography case.
Judge Timothy L. Brooks returned Duggar 151 months, according to FOX 24.
The 34-year-old “19 Kids Matters” alum was found guilty in December by a federal jury in Arkansas on charges related to receiving child pornography and possessing child pornography. Since then, Duggar has been held at the Washington County Detention Center in his home state.
A judge on Wednesday overturned the conviction of the second count without prejudice with the agreement of the prosecution and the defense, People magazine reported. Judge Brooks ruled that possession was included in the receiving charge.
Duggar’s legal team maintains his innocence and said he will appeal.
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A judge earlier on Tuesday denied a lengthy request by Duggar’s lawyers for a new trial on child pornography charges just hours before the former reality TV star was sentenced.
Following his guilty verdict in December, Duggar’s attorneys released a statement to Fox News Digital at the time, indicating that they intended to appeal the verdict.
“We appreciate the lengthy jury deliberations, we respect the jury’s verdict, and we intend to appeal,” defense attorneys Justin Gelfand, Ian Murphy and Travis Story said in December.
US prosecutors handling the case held a press conference outside the courthouse after the verdict was announced.
“This case represents an important milestone for the Western District of Arkansas and our ongoing efforts to address child abuse. Those who would say that the children who were photographed and filmed in a manner similar to the evidence in this case are not abused and are not victims are clearly wrong. Children who are photographed and filmed in such ways are the victims and every time their videos and photos are shared online, uploaded and uploaded on the internet, they are victimized again” , said one of the American lawyers.
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Duggar’s cousin, Amy King, tweeted that “justice has been served” after the verdict was announced.
“May the jurors and Judge Brooks seek healing/guidance from all that has been exposed to them,” she said. statement on Twitter has begun. “May children grow up with real godly men as father figures who will guide and protect them. May people who were once in disbelief see their eyes opened for the first time.”
“May the girls who have been abused feel validated”, she continued. “You are truly beautiful and lovable. May there be intense guidance/healing. May there be wisdom for all involved on how to move forward . Thank you Jesus. Justice has been served.”
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Prosecutors were asking the judge to sentence Duggar to the maximum sentence allowed – 20 years on each count – while his legal team were asking for the eldest of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s 19 children to be sentenced to five years. .
Duggar also faced fines of $250,000 on each count.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report
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