Former 19 Kids and Counting star Josh Duggar was finally sentenced more than two and a half years after federal authorities raided his used car lot and found numerous disturbing photos and videos depicting child pornography on his partitioned computer.
Josh’s attorneys had a total of 22 objections to the pre-sentencing report that had Josh facing up to 20 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Timothy L. Brooks listened to arguments from the prosecution and defense and denied all but a few of the defense’s objections. The sustained objections included disallowing two sentence enhancements.
One of the sentencing enhancements required a minimum of 600 images of child sexual abuse. After a lot of arguing between attorneys, the judge decided that the prosecution couldn’t reach the threshold. As a result, that level 5 enhancement was dropped to a level 4 enhancement.
The judge also decided to not allow a level 2 enhancement for distribution. Prosecution argued that Josh demonstrated a solid understanding of the peer-to-peer networks he used to download the photos and videos and so he must have been aware that anything he downloaded would be available to others on the network. It seems the judge disagreed.
After everything was said and done, the judge sentenced Josh Duggar to 151 months in prison. That equates to roughly 12.5 years. It’s important to note that Josh was convicted of both possession and receipt of child pornography. However, possession falls under receipt so he was only sentenced for receipt.
Josh’s defense team have previously stated they plan to appeal the conviction.
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Jim Bob Duggar
Anna’s brother David Keller
Anna’s sister-in-law Hannah Keller
Joy-Anna (Duggar) Forsyth
Prosecution witness and former Duggar family friend Bobye Holt