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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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151.

PINK PILGRIM SHOE    

I think I may just celebrate this news tonight!

401 days ago
152.

stacyrene7    

Karma is a bitch...this is EXACTLY what he deserves for passing all the judgment on the other house members of Couples Therapy!

401 days ago
153.

Havana6    

This guy joe blow is trash and its karma hitting him in the face he is dirt and trash good luck in jail ********

401 days ago
154.

MONSTRO    

Would someone please help me understand how a bail was set at $250k after sentencing?

401 days ago
155.

AV    

Hey Joe, I take good care of your women, after she been with me, she'll forgot who you are, have a nice 270 days in the county??????

401 days ago
156.

werduptoyomoms     

So is this going to be like every other jail sentence handed down to celebrities by the LA County court system where he'll likely only serve a very small fraction of the time due to "overcrowding"? Maybe it will be different for him since he was convicted of violent crimes, but I'll be he worms out of having to serve the whole sentence. Too bad - he's s*** and deserves to be locked away in the deepest recesses of society...

401 days ago
157.

Ganzo    

Joe francis is the one who is white trash. He seems like he has problems treating females right. But now he geh ts to go in jail and i hope he get treated the same way he treats others and his house mates on that ahow. Hes a punk and would give up ALOT to have a few moments alone with him cause AMERICA thats all that it would take. I hope his girl leaves him.shes too hot for that waste of skin.

401 days ago
158.

Publicity Stunt     

He has that perverted creep look vibe to him. Always has. He kind of looks like a young version of soon to be former Mayor Bob Filner, who is also a perverted creep.

Also, this winner Francis is a very close family friend to the KardASSians. Just sayin'

401 days ago
159.

SarahBeebee    

His next video
Boys Gone wild.

401 days ago
160.

dhushhush    

See if California had a stand your ground law, this would be perfectly ok... Heck, that's how we do mullets in Florida...

401 days ago
161.

Sunset    

I am so happy he was sentenced to jail! He deserves it since he is a violent sleazeball! I totally believe these women. If his girlfriend had any self respect she would dump him. Of course it is California so he probably will do 30 minutes in jail which sucks.

401 days ago
162.

Billy    

"honey will you wait for me and not run off with some other dumb idiot with millions of dollars"

401 days ago
163.

E    

Yeah, Abbey's hot but by her own admission she barfs all day, so you'd be tasting and smelling that.

401 days ago
164.

clearConscience    

Finally got the dirt bag!!

401 days ago
165.

Rainbow Bright    

Good! Good Riddance!

401 days ago
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