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Joe Francis

SENTENCED TO JAIL

8/27/2013 11:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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10:51 AM PT -- Joe has just been sentenced to JAIL.

According to our count, Joe has been ordered to serve at least 270 DAYS in county jail.

He's also been sentenced to 36 months probation and has been ordered to complete a Level 3 Anger Management course.

He's also been ordered to complete 1 year of psychological counseling at a rate of 1 session per week.

During the sentencing, the judge expressed serious concerns with Joe's explosive temper -- and warned that it could get him in trouble in the future unless he learns how to keep his cool.

Bond will be set at $250k.

Joe is currently being handcuffed and escorted out of the courtroom.

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10:31 AM PT --
Joe's lawyer is begging the court for mercy.

10:29 AM PT --
Joe's motion for a re-trial has been SHOT DOWN. Now on to sentencing ...

9:53 AM PT --
Joe's lawyer is calling BS on the accusers -- claiming he can now prove the women lied during the trial, and therefore Joe deserves another chance to prove his innocence.

Among Joe's arguments -- he claims the women's story about not having cell phone reception at Joe's mansion are untrue ... and they have the phone records to prove it.

Joe also claims an accuser's story that she was "choke slammed" on Joe's tile floor is impossible because he doesn't have tile anywhere in the house.

9:40 AM PT --
The hearing has begun. Due to courtroom rules for this particular hearing, we will only be livestreaming the audio.

8:57 AM PT --
Francis is inside the courtroom, waiting for his case to be called.

8:50 AM PT --
Francis just arrived at the courthouse with his girlfriend Abbey Wilson. She's hot.

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8:41 AM PT --
We're told Francis is on his way to the court -- and should arrive momentarily.

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It's D-Day for Joe Francis ... the day the "Girls Gone Wild" mogul will learn his sentence for attacking a woman at his Hollywood mansion back in 2011 ... and he's facing serious time behind bars.

TMZ will be streaming live from inside the L.A. courtroom when Joe faces the judge later today. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 8:30 AM PT.

As we previously reported, 3 women had accused Joe of taking them to his Hollywood home -- following a night out -- and refusing to let them leave. He was also accused of attacking one of the women, choke-slamming her head into his tile floor.

Francis was convicted on 5 charges total, including assault, 3 counts of false imprisonment, and 1 count of dissuading a witness from reporting.

Never one to go down without a fight -- Francis recently filed court docs demanding a new trial based on allegations of insufficient evidence. We'll see if the judge buys his argument when the hearing begins.

Stay Tuned...

284 COMMENTS

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136.

nisiek    

couldn't have happened to a nastier guy!! Joe has had it coming for a long time and now he finally has to pay the piper...Justice was Finally Served!!!!

401 days ago
137.

Toilethead    

He'll be out in a couple of weeks.

401 days ago
138.

CathyS54    

Maybe Joe and Alec could go to anger management classes together! I'll pack their lunch.

401 days ago
139.

Brien    

All that money and he still can't stay out of trouble. He deserves what he gets.

401 days ago
140.

Rich    

Amazing, Alex Baldwin has a bad temper and life goes on with him. He never gets charged or put in jail. What gives with our laws. Alex should be serving time too.

401 days ago
141.

Sharp1    

Notice to all women entering new home where man is present...prepare yourself for disaster in advance..don't wait to call police..have all DNA evidence collected by local hospital immediately after the incident..if at all possible have your iPhone tape recorder on the entire time of your visit as an insurance precaution.

401 days ago
142.

ocdiva76    

Don't let them hear you cry , Joe! This guy is such a wuss. He can only bully girls, because real women and men would hand his behind to him. As a man, he is a joke.

401 days ago
143.

Morticia Addams     

Well reading this and about too short - guess joe F. should of hired too shorts lawyer!

401 days ago
144.

lynda    

He's a Woman beater who deserves what he gets. Abby needs to run!!!!!!!

401 days ago
145.

samantha    

i hope he stays in jail , he is just another prick and he deserves worse than jail, he deserves a good ass kicking.

401 days ago
146.

diane    

Niceee....hope he has to stay a while. Sometimes money doesn't buy you everything eh jo jo?

401 days ago
147.

KarmaPolice    

I hope that sentence sticks and he doesn't find a way to worm out of it. It's about time a Judge reins in this guy's out of control sociopath narcissistic personality disorder.

401 days ago
148.

J    

It's about time this sleezeball got some of what he deserves!

401 days ago
149.

sophiastormy    

He is a troll. And the trashdians are good friends. Go figure

401 days ago
150.

PINK PILGRIM SHOE    

It's nice to see a jerk go to jail. I would like to see Alec Baldwin in a nearby cell as well.

401 days ago
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