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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...

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76.

mm    

I can't recall offhand but how does this time compare to other celebs who have assaulted ie Chris Brown. I'm curious.

365 days ago
77.

SunnyAutumn    

What? A white man actually being charged for domestic abuse? I'm in total SHOCK. Charlie Sheen, Sean Penn, and John Lennon never got charged with anything

365 days ago
78.

faith    

Talking to the THR on his conviction (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/girls-gone-wilds-joe-francis-527322):

Wealthy people don't kidnap people and bring them to a party with, you know, 30, 40 people. Just because a jury is mentally retarded and jealous of who I am, that jury, you should be put in jail, you stupid idiots. That's all I have to say.

You stupid, stupid idiots, you stupid jury, you should be put in jail or lined up and shot. You're idiots. It's sad. I mean, that's what they should give the death penalty, to stupid juries, because I'm… not that person. It's awful.

Just to convict people because you're jealous of them is… is retarded. And you're a retarded jury. and you should be shot dead. You should…If they have the death penalty for juries, you should be shot. Dead. Via firing squad.

365 days ago
79.

my 2 cents    

He'll be out in an hour

365 days ago
80.

braintrain    

Great now he will get a guest spot on Anger Management with Charlie Sheen...I guess being on that show is punishment enough.

365 days ago
81.

Kimberly    

GirlFriend??? Does SHE Know she'sa beard? Does HE think he can parade her to court as a cover for the fact that he Abuses girls Just like her daily?? Level 3 Anger Managment indeed! AND a years worth of Councelling?? Too bad his fellow cell mates, Most of them Not White, don't get the same "needed" Councelling. I SAY, when he gets out, he should be sent packing to spend a Year with the Duck Dynasty boys!!, they'd teach him some Manners.

365 days ago
82.

bring back recent posts    

hmmmmmmmm? which of the KKK does he call for suriety???

365 days ago
83.

_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

LOL... he got served more time than all the celebs busted for DUI combined... lmao. Probably forgot to make that anonymous donation didn't you Joe?...

365 days ago
84.

Dennie    

Karma!

365 days ago
85.

Marcus    

This is just wonderful. He deserved more time in prison but this will do nicely. I'm glad he's gonna have to slum it. He totally had it coming.

365 days ago
86.

LaughAtU    

Black guy woulda got TEN YEARS. These Cali Judges need to go

365 days ago
87.

Texas Gal    

Joe Francis is a MAJOR misogynist! Don't know what happened in this dudes' past, but he clearly just hasn't dealt with it. Hey Joe, time to come out of that closet darlin'. ;p

365 days ago
88.

Lexy    

Mr. I Hate Therapy is ****ed. No therapy means more jail time. Hopefully, he'll be "exploited" in jail. Prison bitches gone wild.

365 days ago
89.

Misspattie    

Finally. He got what he deserves! Anyone see him on Couples Therapy? Controlling Prick with major anger issues. Temper tantrums that makes any child look grown up. He had a huge fight with someone cuz their bopyfriend didn't wear shoe around the house. He thinks if you don't wear shoes you're disrespectful. To who Joe? Then don't look at their feet! Who are you to judge..."girls gone wild" dirtbag?

365 days ago
90.

demoncat    

joe will proably not serve very much time . and woe to the shrink who has to be the one to cousel joe for after all joe will not let them get a word in edge wise and act like a little b. plus odds are joe will wind up back in court for violating that part of the thing.

365 days ago
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