Josh Duggar’s Defense Team Files to Appeal His 12.5-Year Prison Sentence; Josh Prepares to Move From Arkansas County Jail to Federal Prison

“I’m gonna need someone to get me outta here pronto!”

Josh Duggar is hoping the United States Court of Appeals will reconsider the length of his prison sentence.

The disgraced 19 Kids & Counting star— who is currently sitting in an Arkansas county jail awaiting word where his felonious fundie self will be locked up for the next 12+years— filed a Notice of Appeal in the Western District of Arkansas court, just as his lawyers vowed to do on the day Josh was sentenced last month.

“Duggar respectfully provides notice of his intent to evaluate and pursue any and all meritorious arguments in his appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit,” the Notice of Appeal, obtained by The Ashley, states.

Josh Duggar in December, during his trial…

It goes on to note that the filing was made within the required 14-day post-sentencing period, and that the same lawyers who represented Josh in his trial will represent him in the appeal. 

As The Ashley previously reported, Josh was sentenced to 151 months in federal prison (as well as 20 years of probation after he’s released) on May 25, after being convicted in December of receiving and possessing child sex abuse materials (CSAM). (The “possessing” charge was later dropped.)

It has not yet been announced which prison Josh will be heading to; however it’s reportedly between the Federal Corrections Institution in Texarkana, Arkansas (which is 4.5 hours away from Josh’s home in Springdale, Arkansas), or the prison in Seagoville, Texas. (That prison is nearly six hours from Springdale.)

The judge in Josh’s case recommended Josh go to Seagoville, as he stated that it has a “good sex offender program.”

As of press time, though, Josh was still clanging his metal inmate cup on the bars of the Washington County Jail in Arkansas.

Josh right now…probably…

Josh’s parents, Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar have yet to release a public statement on their eldest son’s sentence. However, on Thursday, the Duggars– who have been keeping a very low profile on social media lately— posted a tribute to their now-18-year-old son Jackson, who just completed the Fundie “training” camp, ALERT Academy. In her blog post to the Duggar Family’s website, Michelle notes that many of the other Duggar boys have attended the “Academy”; however Josh is not one of the boys listed. 

“Our boys have loved ALERT, and the many skills and disciplines they have learned during their training there are priceless!” she wrote. 

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  1. What exactly is the ALERT academy training them for? The police, fire department, and each branch of the military all have their own training.The graduate gets a job out of it. What exactly does this training completion prepare them for? Hiking, ropes, and land navigation per the post. Developing discipline isn’t a bad thing, i sm just genuinely curious.

    1. With the number of kids they have, odds are there’s more than one with a screw loose and guaranteed there’s a gay one or two. Bet Jim Bob will be more upset about that than this

  2. I hope they lock him up and he gets handled just like those babies were that he watched. Sicko. I pray he doesn’t make it out alive. How do we let these inmates know what this scum bag did so they can serve him a hot plate of his own sh!t?!

    1. Unfortunately he’ll most likely be in a protected area and not in with the general population. Like Chris Watts. They put all the pedos, child abusers, police officers, and guys who murdered women & babies together in a program separate from gen pop.

      1. I figured they would. I don’t understand why. They don’t deserve to live and deserve what comes to them. Why protect them?? They didn’t protect those they harmed.

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