Jared Fogle Files Appeal Of Prison Sentence
Jared Fogle has filed an appeal of his 15-year prison sentence in his now-infamous child sex and pornography case.
As Gossip Cop reported, last fall the former Subway spokesman pleaded guilty to the possession and distribution of child pornography, as well as to traveling for the purpose of having sex with minors. He agreed to a plea deal in which he expected to get no more than 12 years behind bars. The judge, however, wasn’t beholden to the agreement and instead sentenced Fogle to more than 15 years in prison.
In December, Fogle filed a notice of appeal in hopes of getting a sentence reduction, but it did not reveal any of his arguments. Now the appeal itself was submitted on Friday, and the legal documents take issue with the judge. The briefing slams the judge for going above the guideline maximum of 13 years.
Additionally, Fogle’s lawyers object to the judge referencing Fogle’s sexual fantasies as grounds for the long sentence, arguing that he didn’t act on those desires and therefore shouldn’t be punished for them. Another case is cited as precedent, with a quote from that court decision reading, “We are loath to give the government the power to punish us for our thoughts and not our actions.”
Fogle’s camp wants a new sentencing hearing in which he is only judged for his actual crimes under the sentencing guidelines. It will be up to an appeals court to decide whether to grant the motion. Fogle is pictured above outside court last August. Gossip Cop will continue to have updates.