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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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106.

MeesHoney    

I counted 240 days????

399 days ago
107.

yuhhurd86    

270 days in LA county is less than 30 days I love LA :D

399 days ago
108.

Columbo    

270 minimum, you buffoons.

399 days ago
109.

krjensen1    

Good!

399 days ago
110.

Belizeanborn    

Justice was not served. TMZ will be reporting in a few hours that this s***bag was let out of jail. This is whats wrong with CA penal system. You can commit a crime and get away with it if you have money. So if you are a deprave individual with money, Sin City is the place for you.

399 days ago
111.

JMD    

He deserves everything they throw at him. He's an ugly, self absorbed narcissist, He's proven it time after time. Girlfriend should run for the hills. He's messed with her mind long enough! She's turning into him and that's ugly.

399 days ago
112.

Sargio    

Yaaay, Joe can make a new movie genre, inmates, gone wild, I like the one when Bubba bangs Joe in the shower...don't cry Joe, you deserve it.

399 days ago
113.

John    

They should give him a camera and lock him in a room with Alec Baldwin.

399 days ago
114.

Nikki    

$20 he's out of jail by 6 o'clock. California justice system is a joke.

399 days ago
115.

anony    

GOOD!
Let it be for months and years.

399 days ago
116.

CLINT    

FREE JOE FRANCIS!!!! Not really, lock him up.

399 days ago
117.

Anon    

Who's "trash" now, Joe! About time this a**hole is shown for who he really is.

399 days ago
118.

karenjj    

Was this DB actually smirking as they put cuffs on him? Thanks, TMZ. You made my day. BRAVO to the judge!!!!

399 days ago
119.

bitterexfan    

Couldn't happen to a more disgusting POS, sadly he won't do the complete time, but hopefully the therapy will help him pull his head out.

399 days ago
120.

Dr. Cornelia J. Dogbarker PhD    

Hmmmm, too bad his cute, fluffy little blond girlfriend is gonna be lonely. For about 12 minutes until she's screwing a new rich guy ha ha ha.... Don't forget to send the photos to Joe!

399 days ago
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