Teresa Giudice only has a few more months with her family, before she heads to prison. The ‘RHONJ’ has been ordered to surrender just days after Christmas, a happy time that we know will be heartbreaking for her four daughters this year.
Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice was sentenced to 15 months in prison on Thurs. Oct. 2, after pleading guilty to fraud and tax evasion, and now, we know exactly when the mother-of-four will be put behind bars. Joe Giudice will take care of the kids, while his wife is incarcerated, as he won’t begin his 41-month sentence, until Teresa returns home.
Teresa Giudice Jail Date Revealed — ‘RHONJ’ Star Behind Bars On Jan. 5, 2015
Teresa is heading to jail on January 5, 2015.
After being sentenced to 15 months in prison on Oct. 2, U.S. District Judge Esther Salas ordered Teresa to surrender just days after Christmas and New Years.
As HollywoodLife.com reported, the judge told the Giudice couple that their jail time would be staggered so that their four children would have a parent at home. Joe who is facing “imminent deportation,” after he serves his time, will head to prison after his wife completes her sentence.
That means, if Teresa serves her complete sentence, Joe will likely head to jail in April 2016.
“You’re a devoted mother. You have no criminal history. You’ve paid your taxes.” the judge reportedly told Teresa in court. “Those girls need their mother at this critical age in their lives. There’s a bond between a mother and a daughter…for a moment I thought about probation…but I think a period of confinement is absolutely necessary in this case. I don’t honestly believe that you understand or respect the law. I need to send a message. In the eyes of the law it doesn’t matter who you are. There are consequences to pay.”
Teresa and Joe’s legal crisis manager Wendy Feldman told E! that despite their unfavorable verdict, the parents are looking at a brighter future.
“Sadly, today marks the end of one stage of our criminal justice system that is less than favorable to Teresa, Joe and their four children. However, as with all people who go through this process, it is also the chance for a new beginning. Teresa, Joe and their children will reflect on what has happened, why it happened and what will happen next.”
Teresa Giudice In Denial: ‘This Is Not Going To Be Our Last Christmas Together’
If you watch RHONJ, you know that Christmas is an especially special time for the Giudice family. Sadly, this year will be nothing short of heartbreaking, as 2014 is the last year Teresa and Joe‘s family will be together on the holiday for nearly half a decade, as Joe will serve more than three years, following Teresa’s 15 months.
Ironically, earlier on this season, Teresa begged Joe to stay with the family at Christmas — little did she know, she would be the one leaving her daughters during the holiday season.
”We need you to be around always, this family cannot function without you,” Teresa told Joe on the July 20 episode of RHONJ. “Despite what people say, this is not going to be our last Christmas together.”
Looks like Teresa was in denial over heading to jail, and she’s in for a rough reality.
Before she surrenders, Teresa will appear on the RHONJ reunion, HollywoodLife.com confirmed on Oct. 3. The couple will sit down with Andy Cohen for their first post-sentencing interview on WWHL, Monday, Oct. 6.
Our thoughts are with the Giudice family at this difficult time, especially Teresa and Joe’s four daughters, Gia, Gabriella, Milania and Audriana.
HollywoodLifers, does Teresa deserve jail time? Does Joe? Let us know what you think.
— Elizabeth Wagmeister