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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...

283 COMMENTS

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61.

CyndiChainsaW    

Well well well..... All the years of making ridiculous amounts of money off of drunken women is finally catching up with him. I'm a firm believer in karma.

431 days ago
62.

sapphire    

Wait - if he's ordered to do jail time, why is bail set?? He was JUST sentenced... I'm confused.

431 days ago
63.

Satan    

LOL what a cuck.

431 days ago
64.

anna    

Caught an episode of The Hills recently, Abbey Wilson was on it. She was engaged to Brody Jenner's friend.

431 days ago
65.

rory    

For sure he's a dirtbag but the girls who swarm him and put themselves in dangerous situations aren't guilt free.

431 days ago
66.

UPYOURS    

ROFLMAO. Since TMZ decided to FINALLY put up the correct picture (was wondering if Francis was channeling Arias? LOL) I REALLY laughed when I saw the one where he has the "OH SHlT" look on his face.

431 days ago
67.

RD    

Francis going to jail soon? Maybe there is a god!!

431 days ago
68.

Nekru    

Bwahahahah... better stock up on the KY Joey.

431 days ago
69.

billybob    

mana mana tutut tututut, mana mana badididi

431 days ago
70.

Sunshine    

very nice courtroom attire Abbey! Nothing says, "I have no clear thoughts in my brain", than an outfit like that in a court of law. Oh yea and also dating a pimp. Real cool!

431 days ago
71.

Knock Biebers Face In. lil Puke    

I see a resurrection of Joe's "Girls gone wild" enterprise.. Except this latest chapter of film genius is taped behind the walls of the state correctional facility.. and this time Joe is not behind the camera, but a whole bunch of people take their turns being behind him!! Enjoy the show Joe!

431 days ago
72.

Comanchegurl    

270 days means 27 plus take off half if he has good behavior. So he will be in jail less than 14 days. Good job California. That will show him!

431 days ago
73.

faith    

This guy is unhinged. If you guys read the details of what he did that those women that night you'd realize he was bringing them back to rape them. They tried to get out of his car and he and his bodyguard locked them in and restrained them.

431 days ago
74.

chicagoannie    

haha - goodbye you disgusting s***bag. See - karma does some around. I hope some Big Bubbas take advantage of YOU in prison.

431 days ago
75.

banshie    

In no way im I a fan of this guy, but why is it he gets time in the pokey and chris brown doesn't get any for beating the sh*t out of rhi rhi?

431 days ago
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