Last Sunday's episode of the Real Housewives of New Jersey was a heartbreaking peek into how the Giudice family is handling possible jail time for both Teresa Giudice and her husband, Joe Guidice.
The reality TV star was in tears as she talked about her decision to plead guilty to fraud and conspiracy in her bankruptcy case. “I'm feeling numb,” Giudice said “I can't believe this is my life.”
“Today I took responsibility for a series of mistakes I made several years ago … I express remorse … I am heartbroken this is affecting my family, especially my four young daughters who mean more to me than anything in this world,” said Giudice in a statement as read by her lawyer.
The Giudice’s 13-year-old daughter, Gia was also in tears, saying she knows what her parents were going through. “I obviously know what's going on," she said. "I'm old enough to understand.”
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Their sentencing was initially scheduled on September 23 but their lawyers requested for a postponement to October 2 to allow them more time to prepare their briefs.
An insider said that their lawyers hope to reduce the couple’s jail time, if not avoid time completely. “There was nothing unusual in Teresa’s lawyers asking for the sentencing date to be pushed back two weeks. The lawyers are in the final stages of preparing their sentencing brief, and just needed some additional time to gather more facts. It’s about giving Joe and Teresa the chance of getting no jail time, and probation in the case,” said the source.
Radar Online reported that the source further said: “Teresa has been telling friends she doesn’t think there is any way the judge will send her to prison because she is a mother of four girls. Teresa is planning on saying she just went along with whatever her husband Joe gave her to sign, and never paid attention to the details.”
Meanwhile, TMZ reported that the couple has listed their New Jersey mansion for sale for $3.99M. Purchased in 2002, the property was expanded and extensively renovated by the couple and was reportedly worth $1.2M in 2012.