Josh Duggar has just been given a few more months to prepare for federal prison.
The disgraced 19 Kids & Counting star’s request to have his sentencing pushed back by at least 30 days was approved by Judge Timothy Brooks on Thursday. In fact, Judge Brooks agreed to give Josh and his team even more than the requested 30 days. His sentencing– which was originally scheduled for April 5– will now take place on May 25. The Sun was the first to break the news.
In his request, which was filed on March 18, Josh and his legal team blamed COVID-19 precautions as part of the reason they needed the extra time.
“Because of certain reasonable Covid-19 precautions understandably instituted at the jail at which Duggar is being detained, it has been more difficult scheduling meetings with Duggar than during more ordinary times,” the court paperwork reads.
Josh’s team pointed out that their request for the sentencing delay was not, in any way, “intended to unnecessarily delay or hinder the proceedings.”
As The Ashley previously reported, Josh was found guilty of receiving and possessing child sex abuse materials (CSAM) in December. Due to the ‘receiving’ charge, he must serve at least five years in federal prison, but can be given up to 20 years.
Since he was convicted in December, Josh’s legal team has filed a motion to have him be acquitted (claiming Josh’s guilty verdict was “unconstitutional”), or at least be given a new trial. Those motions are pending.
At the sentencing, Josh will be allowed to speak if he chooses to. He can ask the judge for leniency or make a statement.
Josh will remain behind bars until his sentencing. Since his trial, he’s been housed in the Washington County Jail in Arkansas, which is only about 20 minutes from the massive compound where his parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and their kids reside. (Josh’s wife Anna and their seven children currently live on the Duggar property in a warehouse that’s been converted into a home.)
During an Instagram Live session on Thursday, Josh’s cousin Amy Duggar was asked for her thoughts on his sentencing being delayed. Amy— who has been outspoken against Josh since he was charged with the crimes– made it clear that her feelings about her cousin have not changed.
In fact, she suggested that Josh (and all child predators) be sent to a Predator Island.
“Predators need to be off the streets and locked up. They need to be on an island all by themselves, far, far away from children and far away from people they can hurt and screw over,” she said. “That is so sickening and so sad.
“I don’t know him,” she said of her cousin. “It has been extremely difficult. Extremely difficult. And I’m not just saying that to get sympathy. No, it’s been hard.”
To read more about the amount of time Josh may get, if he has a chance of early release, click here!