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Savannah Chrisley aims for Julie’s Thanksgiving homecoming, Todd’s release ongoing

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As we await the resentencing of Julie Chrisley, Savannah Chrisley, her daughter, is shedding light on the legal steps her father Todd Chrisley is taking.

In the latest episode of her podcast, Savannah Chrisley revealed that Todd Chrisley’s legal team is preparing to file a motion to review his sentence.

“The next process for Dad is going through and filing the motion for the 2255, which is ineffective assistance of counsel, and then taking that step by step,” she explained. “So that’s pretty much where we’re at with that.”

A §2255 motion serves as a ‘collateral’ or indirect challenge to the judgment or sentence, contesting the conviction or sentence as unconstitutional or in opposition to federal law, as outlined by spolinlaw.com.

As for her mother, Savannah expressed hopes of having Julie home by Thanksgiving to allow the family to “truly focus on all of dad’s stuff.”

Julie’s sentence was vacated last month, but the court has upheld Todd’s conviction, adding another layer of complexity to the Chrisley family’s legal battles.

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Todd and Julie Chrisley, along with their accountant Peter Tarantino, were convicted in 2022 of conspiring to defraud banks and the IRS out of millions of dollars. Initially, they were collectively sentenced to 19 years in prison, but the sentences were reduced in September 2023.

Now, Todd is serving a 12-year prison term, while Julie was sentenced to 7 years. Peter Tarantino, their accountant, received a 3-year sentence.

Savannah expressed disappointment that her father’s sentence was not reduced like her mother’s.

“What’s so sad about this whole thing is that you’re literally negotiating with the devil,” Savannah said. “The government, they have a 97%, 98% conviction rate. Why is that? That is because they scare people into entering into a plea agreement. They have unlimited resources. They can fight you till the very end.”

Savannah continued, “It sucked that there wasn’t a better outcome for Dad, but then I looked at it and I was so grateful for the outcome for Mom.”

After the court’s opinion, Todd Chrisley’s attorney issued a statement to People Magazine:

“We’re pleased that the Court agreed that Julie’s sentence was improper, but we’re obviously disappointed that it rejected Todd’s appeal. With this step behind us, we can now challenge the couple’s convictions based on the illegal search that started the case. The family appreciates the continued support they’ve received throughout this process. And they’re hopeful for more good news in the future.”

Channel 2 Action News began investigating the Chrisleys in 2017, revealing that Todd Chrisley had likely evaded paying Georgia state income taxes for multiple years.

Court documents obtained by Channel 2 Action News showed that by 2018, the Chrisleys owed the state nearly $800,000 in tax liens.

Eventually, the couple went to trial, and a federal jury found them guilty of bank fraud and tax evasion.

As of now, there is no official word on when Julie Chrisley will be resentenced.

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Source: Channel 2 Action News, People Magazine, spolinlaw.com