We are just one day away from the long awaited Josh Dugar sentencing hearing.
Josh could face up to 20 years in prison, so the stakes are high.
Of course, the defense is just pushing for a much lighter sentence of 5 years.
And a number of key allies have joined the fight to convince the judge that despite the mountain of evidence to the contrary, Josh is not such a bad guy.
Meanwhile, Josh’s wife, Anna Dugar, wrote a letter in which she praised her husband’s qualities and asked the judge to reunite Josh with his family.
His mother, Michelle Duger, appealed to the court, arguing bluntly that Josh’s ability to manage his family’s finances indicated a higher moral character.
Both women made no mention of Josh’s long history of predatory behavior in their letters.
Surprisingly, they did not even mention the crimes that led to his most recent legal problems.
The letters seem to confirm reports that some members of Josh’s family are convinced of his innocence.
Insiders claim that Anna believes that the Biden administration has deceived Josh and that he would still be a free man if Donald Trump is re-elected.
Now, prosecutors are responding to letters written by Josh’s loved ones, arguing that they should have the opposite effect on the judge.
In documents filed earlier this week, the DA’s office noted that none of Josh’s supporters “meaningfully” addressed his crimes “or his sexual orientation to underage girls.”
In fact, they shared the belief that Josh was a victim and that his conviction was only “an unfortunate incident.”
The prosecution notes that if Josh is released to people who believe he never did wrong, there is little reason to believe that his behavior will change.
“While Duggar lacks some acknowledgment of his guilt and the need to address his apparent and lasting sexual interest in children, it is unlikely that he will see his conviction as anything other than evidence that he needs to be more vigilant and confidential. Engage in engaging behavior, “the filing states.
“It is equally unlikely that he will ever receive the treatment and accountability necessary to prevent him from re-offending if he maintains this position,” prosecutors continued.
“In fact, because of the apparent success of his guilt strategy with some people he wants to surround himself with after his release from prison, it’s not just impossible – it’s unimaginable.”
Fortunately, not every member of the Duggar family was so ignorant in their assessment of the situation.
None of Josh’s 18 siblings wrote a letter in his defense, and fans have noticed that Jill and Jessa have been silent on social media in recent weeks.
When he was a teenager, Josh molested five young women, four of whom were his sisters.
Jill and Jessa were among those victims, and while Jessa kept in touch with her parents, Jill severed ties with her abuser and her abilities.
Sadly, we don’t have to assume that Josh’s parents will let him continue his predatory behavior if he is left in their care following a gentle sentence.
Jim Bob and Michelle have already proved that they will turn a blind eye to Josh’s atrocities.
Josh is scheduled to be sentenced on Wednesday, May 25.
We will have more updates on this evolving story as more information becomes available.