After initially pleading not guilty to the August 2013 charges of fraud and tax evasion, as well as standing by their own innocence for an entire season, Teresa and Joe Giudice have shocked everyone by accepting a plea deal and admitting her guilt.
“I’m feeling numb,” Giudice said. “I can’t believe this is my life.”
In a statement read by her attorney, Giudice stated, “Today I took responsibility for a series of mistakes I made several years ago … I express remorse … I am heartbroken this is affecting my family, especially my four young daughters who mean more to me than anything in this world.”
Indeed, the four daughters of Joe and Teresa seem to be everyone’s main concern, especially after the heartbreaking scene with Gia, their 13-year-old, last Sunday on Real Housewives of New Jersey. Gia began to cry and admitted that she knows what her parents are going through, saying, “I obviously know what’s going on. I’m old enough to understand.” Teresa consoled the sobbing Gia, telling her that “Things happen in life. And now mommy and daddy have to deal with it the best we know how. I just don’t want you and your sisters to be affected by it.”
But according to an inside source, Teresa does not believe she will have to serve any jail time. In an interview with Radar Online, the source claims, “Teresa has been telling friends she doesn’t think there is any way the judge will send her to prison because she is a mother of four girls.” The source added that “Teresa is planning on saying she just went along with whatever her husband Joe gave her to sign, and never paid attention to the details.”
Regardless of how confident Teresa may be, even with taking the plea deal, she and Joe are facing some very serious punishment. Joe could be sentenced to a total of 47 months in prison, and could then be deported back to Italy upon completion of his punishment. Teresa could be facing up to 27 months behind bars.
Sentencing was supposed to occur September 23, but the Giudices’ lawyer managed to get sentencing postponed until October 3, asking for additional time to gather further details for the sentencing. The delay seems to be a mixed blessing, according to one insider, who says that although Teresa is grateful for the time with her girls, the sentencing has been hanging over her head and is becoming harder to deal with on a daily basis.
Meanwhile, the couple has recently listed their mansion for sale at a price point of $3.99 million. The Guidices purchased the home in 2002, then expanded and extensively renovated. The home was reportedly worth $1.2 million in 2012.
[Image via Radar Online]