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It’s a sad day for Jersey Shore star and reality TV icon Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino.
As we reported earlier, Sorrentino has been sentenced to eight months in prison in connection with a string of legal troubles that began back in 2014.
At that time, Mike and his older brother Marc were indicted for failure to pay taxes on $ 8.9 million in earnings.
Additionally, the brothers were accused of covering up their crimes by filing false tax returns in connection to Mike’s business ventures.
In April of 2017, Mike was hit with additional charges of tax evasion and structuring funds to avoid currency transaction reports.
Under the terms of his plea deal, Sorrentino was only forced to plead guilty to one count of tax evasion, but that proved to be enough to land him behind bars.
Mike’s attorneys argued that he played a minimal role in the financial conspiracy masterminded by his brother (who has already been sentenced to two years in prison).
They also noted that Sorrentino has worked hard to overcome the substance abuse issues that plagued him as a young adult.
Speaking on his own behalf, Sorrentino made a heartfelt plea for leniency that ultimately fell on deaf ears.
“I am deeply sorry. I will forever regret the decisions I made,” he told the court.
“I overcame my demons in 34 months,” Sorrentino added.
“I was in almost a full year of treatment. I lost everything in a short period of time. I was immature. Everything came overnight.”
Sorrentino joked that he “doesn’t even speed anymore” before listing the ways in which he’s served his community over the course of the past three years.
“I have a new team of professionals helping me. I work at two rehabs to share my story,” he said.
“I volunteer at the police department. I warn kids of the dangers of substance abuse. I want to continue to be a positive role model in my community.”
But despite Mike’s obvious remorse, his good works, and the endorsement of his Shore castmates — all of whom were present in the courtroom today — the judge denied Sorrentino’s request for probation and a fine and his only penalties.
In addition to jail time, Mike will be forced to serve 500 hours of community service and pay a $ 10,000 fine within 30 days.
He has already paid $ 123,913 in restitution.
There’s no word yet on when Mike will begin serving his sentence, but it currently looks as though he will not be appearing in the planned third season of Jersey Shore: Family Vacation.
Tonight, millions of Americans will tune in to see their favorite gang of guidos return to their original stomping ground as Jersey Shore Family Vacation relocates to Seaside Heights.
And tomorrow morning, one of those hard-partying fist-pumpers will go before a judge and learn his fate.
Yes, as you may recall, Mike Sorrentino pled guilty to tax fraud back in January.
Under the terms of his plea deal, the Situation faces five years in prison and up to $ 250,000 in fines.
Sorrentino is due to be sentenced at 11:30 on Friday morning.
Legal experts who have followed the case say it’s unlikely that he’ll receive the full five year maximum — but he’ll almost certainly do some jail time.
Back in February of 2014, Mike and his brother Marc were indicted for failing to pay taxes on $ 8.9 million in earnings.
They were accused of covering up their crimes by filing false tax returns in connection to Mike’s business ventures.
Mike was hit with additional charges of tax evasion and structuring funds to avoid currency transaction reports in April of 2017.
He pled guilty to one such charge as part of his plea deal, with the understanding that doing so would likely land him behind bars.
Needless to say, Sorrentino has quite a bit working against him.
But there’s also a lot that might help him in the eyes of a sentencing judge.
Mike entered rehab and got sober back in 2015, and he got engaged to Lauren Pesce in April.
The Sitch has been on his best behavior on the current season of Shore, and you can bet his lawyers will remind the judge of the many ways in which he’s turned his life around.
In the days leading up to his sentencing Mike, has celebrated his sobriety and prayed for a beneficial resolution to his legal woes.
“God grant me the serenity to stop beating myself up for not doing things perfectly,” Sorrentino tweeted this week.
Sorrentino is due to marry Pesce in November, but no matter what happens tomorrow, he won’t immediately be taken into custody, so prison shouldn’t interfere with those plans.
Our thoughts go out to Mike and his family during this intensely stressful time.
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On the current season of Jersey Shore (Jersey Shore Family Vacation Part 2: The Legend of Curly’s Gold, or whatever they’re calling it), most of the drama has revolved around the ongoing conflict between Ronnie and his baby mama.
But there’s another story that has just as much potential for tragedy that’s being mostly glossed over, presumably because it’s just too depressing for the reality sitcom vibe of Shore‘s second iteration.
We’re talking, of course, about the possibility that Mike Sorrentino might go to prison for a very long time.
Back in January, Sorrentino pled guilty to tax fraud, and he now faces up to five years in prison.
The fact that The Situation has sobered up and has mostly been on his best behavior (with plenty of video evidence to show to the sentencing judge) will probably help his cause, but it still seems unlikely that he’ll be able to avoid prison altogether.
Which is what makes the latest news about his upcoming wedding so surprising:
At first, it was widely reported that Sorrentino and Lauren Pesce were rushing the wedding planning process so that they could be safely hitched by the time Mike mike gets shipped off to the pokey.
Now, Radar Online is reporting that Mike and Lauren are planning to get hitched in November — several weeks after Sorrentino’s October 2 sentencing date.
The news led to a social media rumor that Mike and Lauren had arranged to get married in prison.
These reports led to widespread confusion, as it’s tough to imagine that the future Mr. and Mrs. Sorrentino will be able to host the traditional Italian wedding of their dreams in Attica
After all, it’s not like you can smuggle an 80-gallon barrel of soup and 14 cousins named Marie in a trench coat.
Fortunately, it seems Mike and Lauren did their research, and they’re confident that no matter what happens on sentencing day, they’ll be able to say “I do” in the presence of all their family and friends.
“Ordinarily in federal court, a defendant is given a period of time (30 to 60 days) to surrender voluntarily to begin a prison sentence after the sentence is imposed,” Sorrentino’s lawyer Henry Klingeman told Radar.
Klingeman goes on to say that Mike and Lauren have “worked out all the logistics.”
We guess it makes sense that Mike’s not considered a flight risk.
After all, he’s been jetting all over the country filming JSFV, and he seems to have no inclination to skip the country.
So it looks like we’re in for a televised Shore wedding, complete with DJ Pauly D on the ones and twos.
Hopefully, Ronnie won’t steal the spotlight again.
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