Josh Duggar starts his 12 years federal prison.
On Friday, the “19 Kids and Counting” alum was transferred from the Washington County Detention Center, where he has been held since his December conviction, FOX 24 reported.
Judge Timothy L. Brooks handed over 151 months to Duggar in May.
Duggar was found guilty in December by a federal jury in Arkansas on charges related to the reception of child pornography and possession of child pornography.
A judge rejected a request from Duggar’s lawyers for a new trial for child pornography just hours earlier. the former reality star would be convicted.
Following his sentencing in December, Duggar’s lawyers issued a statement to Fox News Digital at the time, saying they planned to appeal the verdict.
“We appreciate the jury’s lengthy deliberations, we respect the jury’s verdict and we plan to appeal,” attorneys Justin Gelfand, Ian Murphy and Travis Story said in December.
US attorneys in the case held a press conference outside the courthouse after the verdict was announced.
“This case is an important milestone for the Western District of Arkansas and our ongoing efforts to fight child abuse. Those who would say that children photographed and filmed in a manner similar to the evidence in this case are not being abused and “There are no victims who are clearly wrong. Children who are photographed and filmed in ways like this are the victims and every time their videos and photos are traded online, uploaded and downloaded from the internet, they are victimized again,” said one of the US officials. lawyers.
Duggar’s cousin Amy King tweeted that “justice has been served” following the announcement of the verdict.
“May the juror and Judge Brooks seek healing/guidance from all that was exposed to them,” her statement on Twitter began. “May the children grow up with real godly men as father figures who will guide and protect them. May the people who once disbelieved open their eyes for the first time.”
“May the abused daughters feel valued,” she continued† “You are truly beautiful and deserving of love. May there be intense counseling/healing. May there be wisdom for all involved on how to proceed. Thank you Jesus. Justice is served.”
Prosecutors asked the judge to sentence Duggar to the maximum sentence allowed — 20 years for each count — while his legal team asked that the oldest of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s 19 children receive a five-year sentence.
Lauryn Overhultz of Fox News contributed to this report.