Todd and Julie Chrisley's granddaughter Chloe's mom Angela Johnson gearing up for messy custody fight
ATLANTA, GEORGIA: As Todd and Julie Chrisley will go to jail soon for bank fraud and tax evasion, their granddaughter’s mother is reportedly preparing to get full custody of her. The reality TV stars were reportedly sentenced as Todd got 12 years behind bars while his wife will spend seven. Besides, the pair was awarded three years of supervised release too, which will reportedly begin after their time in jail.
Currently, Todd is the sole legal guardian of his son Kyle and Angela Johnson's daughter Chloe. They reportedly had the child in 2012. After Todd and Julie were sentenced, Johnson told TMZ that she's “in the process of getting the gears turning to regain full custody of her daughter.”
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It was reported that due to his drug addiction, Kyle first lost guardianship of Chloe in 2016, making Todd and Johnson the little girl’s legal custodians. However, the same year, custodianship was also taken away from Johnson since she reportedly submitted a fake application to get Medicaid assistance. However, as per TMZ, Chloe’s mother “has copped a plea to put the case behind her ... and now she wants her daughter back.”
This comes after Neama Rahmani, former federal prosecutor and president of West Coast Trial Lawyers, shared his views on the sentencing with PEOPLE. He reportedly said that Todd and Julie will likely serve “85% of their sentence.” Rahmani reportedly said, “And that's the minimum they're going to have to serve if they're model inmates. Unlike states where inmates can sometimes serve less than even half of their sentence, under federal statutes, you only get a slight reduction for good behavior.”
Rahmani also slammed the couple’s probable plan to appeal the sentencing as he said, “I think this shows a [level of] narcissism. There was so much evidence in those financial records. The fact that they didn't accept any responsibility, even after they were convicted, is one of the reasons the judge hammered them, and they got such high sentences. They didn't take any steps to mitigate what they had done.”
“So, they're going to roll the dice on an appeal. I don't think an appeal will be very successful, because there's no clear legal error. They have a very slim chance of winning,” Rahmani added.
Additionally, ex-member of Chrisley family, Alexus Whilby, who was once Kyle's wife, also criticized Todd and Julie’s “light” sentence. She told Hollywoodlife, “I think their sentencing was light considering their total lack of accountability. It’s highly likely they thought this was also going to pass.”
“I believe that they were aware of what they were doing. The jurors saw evidence that proved that they knew that what they were doing was wrong. They lied to obtain money from loans. They lied about their wealth to everyone. They’re the modern-day Bonnie and Clyde,” Whilby reportedly added.