When Josh Dugar was sentenced to 12-and-a-half years in prison last week, only four members of his extended family were in court.
Wife Anna, father Jim Bob, sister Joy-Anna and her husband Austin Forsyth were present for the sentencing hearing, but the rest of the large Dugar group withdrew from the proceedings.
In the days that followed, most duggers would remain silent about Josh’s punishment.
But one of his most high-profile siblings broke his silence and shocked fans by sharing his belief that Josh deserves to be stuck for too long.
When Josh was in his teens, he molested five young women, four of whom were his sisters.
Now, one of those sisters is speaking and making it clear that she believes justice has been done.
Jill Dugar severed ties with her parents a few years ago, and now, she is one of the very few Dugar who is willing to talk frankly about Josh’s situation.
“The last few weeks and months have been emotionally difficult. Yesterday was one of those difficult days. We are not happy or disappointed with this sentence, but we are grateful that it is over,” Jill and husband Derrick Dillard wrote on their personal website. .
“The Bible clearly states that God receives justice and retribution through governing authority,” the statement continued.
“While some believe that Josh should have received a greater punishment and fewer people believe that he should have received a lighter punishment, God has avenged him today for his unspeakable criminal activity.”
Dillards said he believes justice has been served and hopes to persuade Josh to change his ways after serving 12 years in prison.
“To date, he has not yet been charged with the necessary amounts to change the nature of his dangerous behavior,” Jill and Derrick wrote.
“It’s unfortunate, but it looks like he could spend more than a decade in federal prison, and with some more experiments, Josh has the potential to be rehabilitated so that he can return to society safely,” they continued.
“Hopefully, Josh can actually start treatment and start working towards a lifestyle where he’s less likely to re-offend.”
Jill and Derrick went on to express their hope that potential hunters would see a case like Josh’s and reconsider their actions.
“If nothing else, the notoriety of this case will hopefully contribute to the prevention of potential offenders and help protect children by reducing the demand for CSAM,” they wrote.
“We continue to love Josh and his family and we will be there for them as much as we can.”
Interestingly, Jill is not the only Dugar who has broken away from the rest of the family to condemn Josh’s actions.
Last week, 22-year-old Jason Dugar spoke out against Josh in an Instagram post that probably upset his father.
“In my opinion, Judge Timothy L. Brooks was justified in his decision to give Josh a sentence that would be considered from the middle to the bottom for the crime he committed,” Jason wrote.
“Joshua’s bad decisions have had a profound effect on the people around him, especially his wife, seven children and our entire family,” he continued.
“My prayer is that God will use this situation to make him truly humble and make a real difference in his life!”
Insiders say Jim Bob and wife Michelle Duger still believe Josh is innocent, and will be found guilty on appeal.
It is unlikely that anything will change their minds at the moment, but fortunately, not all of Jim Bob’s kids have been brainwashed.
Nowadays, Anna Dugar lives with Jim Bob and Michelle – and you can be sure that Jill and Jason are giving the main house a very spacious berth.