His thoughts are shared. Jason “Jase” DuggarAfter his brother’s death, he broke his silence Josh DuggarFollowing his conviction for child pornography he was sentenced.
“Yesterday my oldest brother was sentenced to 151 months, around 12 1/2 years in prison for receiving and possessing child pornography,” the contractor, 22, wrote in a lengthy statement shared via his Instagram Story on Thursday, May 26. “In my opinion, judge Timothy L. Brooks was fair in his ruling giving Josh a sentence that would be considered below the median for the crimes he has committed.”
The Build Master Construction owner said that he was deeply disturbed by the actions of Josh, 34.
“My heart is grieved over the choices my brother has made, his actions do not reflect that of a Christian believer and have doubtlessly defamed my Lord and Saviors name!!” Jase wrote. “Joshua’s poor decisions have greatly effected [sic] those around him, in particular his wife, seven children and our family as a whole.”
Jase expressed his dismay at Josh’s actions, but he said that he would always love him. “I will never stop loving my brother, regardless of what he does, just as my savior has forgiven me so I have forgiven my brother of his wrongdoings!” he wrote. “My prayer is that God will use this circumstance to truly humble him and bring about a true change in his life!”
After his December 2021 conviction for two counts of possessing or receiving child pornography, Josh was sentenced Wednesday to 151 months imprisonment. During the sentencing hearing, the judge referred to the former TLC personality’s crimes as “the sickest of the sick.”
The 19 Kids and Counting alum’s attorney confirmed that Josh plans to file an appeal in the near future. “We’ll immediately file the notice of appeal within the next 14 days, as required by law,” the lawyer told reporters outside the Arkansas courthouse on Wednesday. “Mr. Duggar had a trial, we’re now down to one count. We look forward to litigating that one remaining count on appeal.”
Josh can’t have unsupervised visits without supervision with minors, even his own children, as part of his sentence. The Arkansas native and the wife Anna DuggarSeven children were born to Mackynzie, Michael, 10, Marcus and 8, Meredith, 6, Mason and 4, respectively. Madyson was 7 months.
Other conditions of Josh’s eventual release include submitting himself and personal information to the U.S. probation office, taking part in a sex offense treatment program and not being allowed to possess or ingest marijuana.
After serving his sentence, the former auto salesman will be given 20 years of supervised parole. The terms of which will have to be determined by a federal court. Josh could be sent back into prison if he violates any conditions.