Jared Fogle sentenced
Published: November 19, 2015
Jared Fogle sentenced, U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt sentenced former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle to a prison term of more than 15 years Thursday, accepting a plea deal that sees him admit to charges of receiving child pornography and repeatedly having sex with minors.
The case involved interstate travel to pay minors for sex, as well as at least 400 child pornography videos – many of which Fogle received from the head of his charity, prosecutors said at today’s hearing.
Fogle was sentenced to 188 months on each count, to be served concurrently. That amounts to just over 15 and a half years.
“Will serve a minimum of 13 before parole. Lifetime supervised release,” reports RTV6’s Jordan Fischer.
The sentencing hearing started at 9 a.m. ET and lasted more than four hours. We’ve updated this post with news from the courthouse, relying on local news reporters. The proceeding was not televised.
Prosecutors had been seeking a punishment of around 12 years in prison, while Fogle’s lawyers asked for a sentence of around five years. Fogle is also reportedly paying about $1.4 million in total restitution to 14 victims, some of whom live in his home state of Indiana.
Update at 1:19 p.m. ET: Judge Announces Sentence
After going over a summary of the case, Judge Pratt issued a 188-month prison sentence for Fogle, to be served concurrently. Pratt said Fogle was “obsessed” with pornography and having sex with minors, according to WISH-TV’s Tim McNicholas.
Update at 12:42 p.m. ET: Judge Issues A Rebuke
Responding to Fogle’s statement that his actions have devastated his wife, Judge Pratt interrupted him to say, “You gave your wife almost $7 million though. She’ll be OK.”
That’s according to local RTV6’s reporter Jordan Fischer, who’s in the courtroom.
Update at 12:37 p.m. ET: An Apology
In a brief statement to the court, Fogle says, “I owe a huge apology to the people who supported me and my positive messages the last 15 years,” according to WISH-TV’s Tim McNicholas.
Fogle then adds that he will learn from his recent experience and won’t commit these crimes again.
Update at 12:34 p.m. ET: Fogle Speaks
Cannot even describe to you how surreal it is to hear them narrating the “LOLs” and “smile faces” in convos about sex w/ minors. #JaredFogle
— Jordan Fischer (@Jordan_RTV6) November 19, 2015
McNicholas, who’s at the courthouse, tweets: “Fogle breaks down in tears talking about victims. ‘Not a day will go by where I don’t think about them and what I did to impact their lives.’ ”
Update at 11:48 a.m. ET: Prosecutors Read Texts Aloud
In a sequence that WISH-TV reporter Nick Natario describes as “disturbing and very graphic,” prosecutors in their portion of today’s hearing are reading aloud text conversations between Fogle and a prostitute who was also a minor.
RTV6’s Jordan Fischer says that’s “surreal” to sit in the courtroom and hear a prosecutor and Investigator Darin Odier of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department narrate texts between Fogle and others, in which emojis and text shorthand such as “LOL” appear in discussions of having sex with minors.
Update at 11:30 a.m. ET: Therapist Has A Treatment Plan
Defense witness Dr. Rick May, a psychologist who works with registered sex offenders in Colorado, testifies that Fogle showed remorse and shame in discussing his relations with children, according to Natario. The psychologist also says he developed a treatment plan for Fogle after spending hours with him.
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