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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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46.

BlindFury    

Joe for Republican Prez!!!

365 days ago
47.

Lindsay Lohan Fan Forever    

Appealing is his right but i hope he does the 270(30+30+30+180) day consecutive sentence.

365 days ago
48.

USAF Chick    

I hope he get's "man handled" in Jail by some big huge black dudes...lol...

365 days ago
49.

LikeaGentleman     

He'll be in jail for maybe a day and during that time his girlfriend will eat every cronut in town.

Next...

365 days ago
50.

Rex    

Oh poor baby didn't want to get booked by himself. What a dirtbag.

365 days ago
51.

clarissa1974    

He is a pig that needs to get throat raped so you can never hear his voice again.

365 days ago
52.

Susanlsmith    

Couldn't of happened to a nicer guy.

365 days ago
53.

BlackStallion    

Joe Francis is a piece of crap laying on the floor. I'd spit at him if I ever ran into him. He's rich and famous for taking advantage of underage girls, getting them drunk and then video taping them, releasing the tapes, but never having to pay these girls a cent. Douche, welcome to jail. Get ready for men go rape**** on your ass.

365 days ago
54.

Truth    

He won't do half that time and you know it.

365 days ago
55.

tori    

He's a lowlife who thinks he's above the law. I feel sorry for his girlfriend,he's verbally & mentally abusive to her and way to old like a daddy figure. If anyone has self esteem issues it's him. He can't relate to a woman his own age but someone who he can dominate and control. Nows her time to run for the hills!

365 days ago
56.

Livvie    

About time.

365 days ago
57.

tgrfan42069    

if he got sentenced.how the **** does he get bond?

365 days ago
58.

Jamie0910    

Good

365 days ago
59.

Just_A_Post    

TMZ you just sound ridiculous when each and every time a celeb is in court or arrested you state he/she is facing "serious jail time". You so overuse that phrase and we know it never happens.

365 days ago
60.

Horndog    

Somewhere (probably Las Vegas) Steve Wynn is smiling.

365 days ago
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