After Josh Duggar was convicted for receiving and possessing little one pornography, Us Weekly can affirm he has filed a movement to delay sentencing.
“Defendant Joshua James Duggar, by and through undersigned counsel, respectfully requests that this Court continue the sentencing hearing in this case by approximately 30 days,” the courtroom docs, obtained by Us, learn. “Specifically, the defense would benefit from a brief continuance to provide additional time to pursue additional information and documentation related to a possible 18 U.S.C. § 3553(a) consideration.”
In the 33-year-old 19 Kids and Counting alum’s Saturday, March 19 movement, his authorized workforce additionally requested for a continuance due to “certain reasonable COVID-19 precautions” taken on the Washington County Detention Center in Arkansas, the place he has been held since December. Duggar’s sentencing is at present scheduled for Tuesday, April 5.
The docs declare that “this brief continuance” is to give Duggar’s workforce time to collect extra proof and documentation to current because the courtroom determines an applicable sentence. The movement additionally notes that Duggar’s legal professionals have “faced some delay in scheduling certain attorney-client privileged meetings by videoconference” due to COVID-19 precautions. His authorized workforce says the additional time is required to correctly plan forward of his sentencing.
The Arkansas native was discovered responsible on two expenses of receiving and possessing little one sexual abuse materials in December 2021. He faces up to 20 years in jail and $250,000 in fines for every depend.
The political activist — who shares seven kids with spouse Anna Duggar — was beforehand arrested with out bail in April 2021. His legal professional entered a not responsible plea earlier than the previous actuality TV star was launched on bond. (Josh was granted permission to stay with household pals Lacount and Maria Reber on house confinement earlier than the trial.)
“This entire ordeal has been very grievous,” his dad and mom, Jim Bob Duggar and Michelle Duggar, instructed Us in a press release after the conviction. “Today, God’s grace, through the love and prayers of so many, have sustained us. Our hearts and prayers are with anyone who has ever been harmed through [child sexual abuse material].”
Anna, 33, who wed Josh in 2008, continued to stand by her husband all through the authorized battle, attending his November 2021 trial alongside a number of of his siblings, together with Justin Duggar, Joy-Anna Duggar, Jessa Duggar and brother-in-law Derick Dillard.
“We are saddened for the victims of horrific child abuse. We are also saddened for Josh’s family, his wife and precious children,” sister Jinger Duggar wrote by way of Instagram amid Josh’s trial outcome. “We are saddened for the dishonor this has brought upon Christ’s name. Josh claims to be a Christian. When a professing follower of Jesus is exposed as a hypocrite, the response of many will be to challenge the integrity of Jesus himself. … For Josh, we fear for his soul.”
Her assertion continued: “We are thankful to God for exposing Josh’s actions and to a legal system committed to protecting the innocent and punishing the guilty in this case. We are grateful for justice. We are praying for further justice, vindication, protection, and healing for all those who have been wronged.”