- Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino was sentenced to eight months in prison on Friday.
- The “Jersey Shore” reality star pleaded guilty to several charges in January related to tax evasion.
- His castmates were in the Newark, New Jersey court room as the decision was read.
With many of his “Jersey Shore” castmates in the courtroom, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino was sentenced to eight months behind bars on Friday for tax evasion.
The 36-year-old reality star got off relatively easy compared to his brother Marc, who pleaded guilty alongside him in January to filing bogus tax returns on nearly $US9 million of income.
Sorrentino’s lawyers had asked the court for probation, while prosecutors pressed for a 14-month sentence.
Sorrentino was supported at the sentencing by his fiancée, Lauren Pesce, and all but one of his former “Jersey Shore” castmates.
Dressed in black, Jenni “JWoww” Farley, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Deena Cortese, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Vinny Guadagnino, Pauly “DJ Pauly D” DelVecchio, and Angelina Pivarnick met Sorrentino outside the courthouse before the hearing. The only original “Jersey Shore” castmate not in attendance was Samantha “Sammi Sweetheart” Giancola, who wrote on Instagram last spring that she would not be joining the reboot of the show to “avoid potentially toxic situations.”
Friday’s sentencing brings to an end a four-year-long legal battle for Sorrentino, who was initially indicted in September 2014.
Speaking about the case to US Weekly in August, Sorrentino said: “We live our life one day at a time and we’re praying for a positive result. You know, my current situation is not my final destination.”
It’s unclear when Sorrentino will have to report for prison. He scheduled his wedding for sometime in the coming weeks, despite the sentencing hearing, according to Fox 5 NY.
The first season of “Jersey Shore” debuted on MTV in 2009 and featured a group of strangers living together for a summer at a house in the popular beach town of Seaside Heights, New Jersey. The show was immensely popular and went on to run for five more seasons, inspiring several other shows including “Geordie Shore” in the UK and “Floribama Shore.”
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