Reality stars plead guilty: Alaskan Bush People

Published: November 20, 2015

Reality stars plead guilty: Alaskan Bush People, The latest on the court cases involving two stars of the TV show “Alaskan Bush People” (all times local):

5:30 p.m.

A state court judge has rejected plea agreements for two members of the family associated with the Discovery Channel’s “Alaskan Bush People” reality TV show.

Juneau Superior Court Judge Philip Pallenberg said he thought the sentence should have involved jail time.

Terms of the agreement entered into by 62-year-old Billy Brown and one of his sons, 31-year-old Joshua Brown, called for a suspended jail sentence, community service and restitution. The two men have been accused of lying on the application for a yearly oil revenue check given to Alaska residents.

Attorneys for Billy and Joshua Brown withdrew their pleas following Pallenberg’s decision.

Before the plea agreements were entered, a judge had dismissed the indictments against Brown and his wife. Pallenberg says the state will have to decide whether to seek a new indictment.

Charges remain pending against sons of the Browns though they also have sought to have the charges dismissed

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1:30 p.m.

A state court judge is scheduled to consider plea agreements for two members of the family associated with the Discovery Channel’s “Alaskan Bush People” reality TV show.

Sixty-two-year-old Billy Brown, and one of his sons, 31-year-old Joshua Brown, have agreed to plead guilty to lying on the application for a yearly oil revenue check given to Alaska residents.

Most Alaska residents receive payouts from the earnings off the state’s oil investment accounts. To qualify, residents must have lived in the state for one full year.

The Browns’ agreement has not yet been accepted in court. Juneau Superior Court Judge Philip Pallenberg is scheduled to hear the matter Thursday afternoon.

Discovery Channel spokeswoman Laurie Goldberg had no comment.

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7:45 a.m.

Two members of the family associated with the Discovery Channel’s “Alaskan Bush People” have agreed to plead guilty to lying on the application for the yearly oil revenue check given to Alaska residents.

KTUU-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1HZrIGb ) that 62-year-old Billy Brown and his son, 31-year-old Joshua Brown, have agreed to repay the state for dividends they received despite failing to meet residency requirements. They have also agreed to serve two years of probation.

As part of the deal, the pair will also have to serve 40 hours each of community service, which the judge specified may not be filled as part of a reality show.

A judge will decide whether to accept the plea agreement in a hearing Thursday.

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