On Wednesday, Josh Dugar was sentenced to 12 and a half years in prison for his previous conviction of child pornography.
Many were outraged that Josh did not receive a harsh sentence, but the unanimous response was one of relief.
Of course, Josh is a drop in the bucket for 12 years compared to the misery he caused during his decades of hunting behavior.
At the very least, his victims can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that he will not be able to take any more lives while he is in prison.
Several members of the Dugar clan were in the courtroom for the sentencing hearing, including Josh’s wife Anna, his father, Jim Bob and Joy-Ana, one of four sisters whom Josh had sexually assaulted as a teenager.
However, most of Josh’s siblings moved away from the process, along with other sisters whom he victimized in his youth.
Within hours of the sentencing, there was much speculation about how Josh’s family would react to the news.
Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online. Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online.
“Yesterday we learned that Josh had been sentenced to 151 months in federal prison for the crime of CSAM. [child sexual abuse materials]”, Dillards wrote on their website.
“The last few weeks and months have been emotionally difficult. Yesterday was one of those difficult days. We are not happy or disappointed by this sentence, but we are grateful that it is over.
“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 required to make the necessary changes to 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 for some more experiments, there’s a chance Josh will be rehabilitated so he can return to society safely.”
“Hopefully, Josh can actually start treatment and start working towards a lifestyle where he’s less likely to re-offend.”
Dillards concluded with the hope that others could learn from Josh’s bad example,
“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.”
It’s a bold statement, Jill’s parents still believe Josh is innocent, and their son has been framed as part of some huge leftist conspiracy.
Jill and Derrick’s comments came in a statement from Josh’s lawyers, who say they are still fighting to overturn his convictions.
Defense attorney Justin Gelfand told reporters, “We are grateful that the court rejected one of the two counts of the charges and that the court rejected the government’s request for 240 months in prison.”
“We will immediately file a notice of appeal within the next 14 days, as required by law,” he continued.
Josh’s lawyers have already managed to drop a count, and they say they are confident the other allegation will be dismissed soon.
“Mr Dugar has confirmed his right to justice,” Gelfand said.
“Mr. Duger had a trial, we’re down one count now. We look forward to suing that one remaining count on appeal.”
For her part, Jill severed ties with her parents in 2019, accusing Josh of being a major motivating factor in her decision, along with their continued defense.
We’re sure Jim Bob and Michelle Jill are less excited about the recent statements.
But we are equally sure that they do not care what they think.
We will have more updates on this evolving story as more information becomes available.