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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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91.

BellaJ    

This literally makes my day! And to the JF supporters, NO I am not fat or bitter so please don't accuse me of either. I'm a petite, happy person who truly believes in karma and JF is finally getting what he deserves!!!!

367 days ago
92.

Pamela    

So basically a walking time bomb will get out on bail.

367 days ago
93.

Carriejane    

I don't like joe. But I still don't believe one word those GIRLS had to say!

367 days ago
94.

logikclay    

Now bring on the civil suits...the real reason these sluts made up their stories

367 days ago
95.

Sili'LilSkoolgrl    

He will never walk the same again.

367 days ago
96.

Ashley    

Good for him. After watching him on that therapy show it is clear to see he is a scary person. He is trash and why is that girl with him? Other then the money of course.

367 days ago
97.

bring back recent posts    

...why do you blur the faces of the lawyer and the guards when a camera is in courtroom....at least it was when he was being handcuffed...

367 days ago
98.

Haterz    

So 9 months in County Jail... Half time makes it 4 1/2 months... And then he will get released early, probably a month or 2.... So... We have ppl sitting in prison for getting caught with a joint, yet this guy assaults and holds these women against their will, and gets slap on the wrist...

367 days ago
99.

CNO77    

if you don't want to do the time-DON'T DO THE CRIME!!!!

367 days ago
100.

Diane    

How can someone Bond out after sentancing??????

367 days ago
101.

Elden    

I can see it now......****s Gone Wild.

367 days ago
102.

RealityBites    

He is a first class jerk, but if his house doesn't have tile and they can prove they made calls from his house, I'd have to question their testimony, and who in their right minds would even go to his house in the first place? Go ahead now and hit the hate button, but really, who would go anywhere with this guy? You'd have to be an idiot!!

367 days ago
103.

Your mom    

See ya later dude dont drop the soap

367 days ago
104.

Kathy    

where in the world are you guys looking at Jodi arias picture what i am looking at is Joe Francis

367 days ago
105.

Trina    

Am I really supposed to know that some girls in a club in LA didnt know who he was and what they were getting into by leaving with him in a limo? OK.......SURE

367 days ago
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