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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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121.

billybob    

He won't spend one day in jail as the sentence is suspended. Tomorrow he will be chased by photog's again...

399 days ago
122.

JuanRambo    

That's what he gets...

399 days ago
123.

Kelly    

Seeing Joe on Couples Therapy proved to me he's the douche bag I always thought he was.

399 days ago
124.

Veronica    

Watched Couples Therapy and his controlling nature is appauling! Joe Francis is condesending attitude toward another human is appauling as well!! He needs extensive therapy to work on his STANK attitude and to stop looking down his nose at others!! I mean here's a man who makes millions on exploiting young, vulnerable, drunken women......REALLY!?

399 days ago
125.

Meghan    

Did you forget the story about who his girlfriend is? She was dating Brody Jenner's best friend Tayor Mosher and she robbed someone's house when Taylor was asleep on the couch and she rolled around on their bed, played with their dog, stole a ton of stuff then woke Taylor up and threw him in a cab. She's no winner.

399 days ago
126.

drama    

I hate the dumbass

399 days ago
127.

whateverIsay    

woohoo!! Finally!!!

399 days ago
128.

anonymous    

it's about time one of these s***bags gets what they deserve.

399 days ago
129.

LAPartyMcSage    

This is fixed news. TMZ knew about the outcome ahead of time. The time between the lead story and the supposed live report of the actual hearing and sentencing was way too close for comfort. Opps, some flunkie dropped the ball in the newsroom.

399 days ago
130.

Kelly    

Abbey, now is your chance to leave Joe. Take it from me who was once in your shoes, you will never get healthy or have a voice as long as you're with a man who's controlling you. Use this time while he's locked away to get strong and healthy. Your friends say you're different when you're not around Joe. That's a huge sign that your relationship with him isn't healthy. Good luck and remember that people like Joe want to keep people down because it makes him feel better.

399 days ago
131.

Karvey Kardashian    

I watched Couples Therapy and noticed a few things about this douchebag. He's an angry little man, he's seriously anal retentive, he's in the closet with his sexuality. He was so obsessed about the couple there because of gay porn. When he was filming Flav's reaction to the gay porn his camera was pointed at him, but his eyes were on the computer screen. He was too preoccupied with it, and it seemed as though he was merely projecting.

399 days ago
132.

Sher    

Help a soul who knows little about how this works. I read $250K bond and also that he has been sentenced to jail. Does that mean he can bond OUT of jail??? I thought bail was only for when you were WAITING for your trial, or sentencing....But if you are convicted, you can still bond out?

399 days ago
133.

darkhorse91    

Good! Hope he rots.

399 days ago
134.

CathyJ    

So, let's see. 270 days in Hollywood/LA for those in the "biz" is what....7 hours?

399 days ago
135.

RealityCheck    

What comes around goes around, Joe. Slim Shady! Enjoy federal "pound me in the @ss" prison!

399 days ago
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