Savannah Chrisley defends parents after 19-year sentence as it has left their adopted daughter 'suicidal'
A federal jury found Todd and Julie Chrisley guilty of bank fraud and now the family claims the verdict has left the couple's 10-year-old adopted daughter 'suicidal'
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: One of Todd and Julie Chrisley's older kids took to social media to defend her parent's actions while they begged a judge not to send them behind bars for the sake of their 'suicidal' 10-year-old daughter on Monday, November 21. The famous TV personality duo were sentenced to a combined 19 years in prison after they were found guilty of tax evasion and fraud.
Prosecutors told how the couple 'swindled' banks out of $30 million by claiming to be real estate tycoons while they led a luxurious lifestyle. Todd was sentenced to 12 years in prison and Julie was handed out a jail time of 7 years. At the very last moment, they pleaded to the judge that their adopted 10-year-old daughter Chloe "doesn't want to live if her mom goes away." Their attorney, Bruce Morris confirmed that they decided to appeal the sentences.
On Monday, the couple's 25-year-old daughter, Savannah took to Instagram to defend them. A quote from Twitter pastor Kimberly Jones was posted by her which read, "Noah didn't stop building the ark to explain himself to everyone who doubted and hated on him. Keep building your ark. The rain will do the talking." She often appeared in the family's NBC show Chrisley Knows Best which has now been canceled along with the rest of their projects.
Lindsie Chrisley who alienated herself from her father recently confirmed with him and posted a photograph with her girlfriends who'd gone to her home to support her with a 'bottle of champagne. Todd and Julie's three sons - Kyle, 31, Chase, 26, and Grayson, 16, have not made any comments regarding their sentences.
The couple is also yet to offer public comment on their sentencing. They denied all the allegations put in front of them and pointed out a disgruntled employee for all the wrongdoings. The employee told the court that he and Todd had developed a sexual affair before getting caught.
"The Chrisleys have built an empire based on the lie that their wealth came from dedication and hard work", prosecutor Annalise Peters said, according to Daily Mail. 'The jury’s unanimous verdict sets the record straight- Todd and Julie Chrisley are career swindlers who have made a living by jumping from one fraud scheme to another, lying to banks, stiffing vendors, and evading taxes at every corner."
Todd and Julie live in Nashville, Tennessee, in a $3.4 million home. They were charged in Georgia, where they also own property. The controversial duo has appeared on multiple reality TV shows and spin-offs since 2014. They filed for bankruptcy in 2014, prior to the show, citing $50 million in debts. They changed from their Georgia home to a much smaller property in Nashville, where a large part of the show was filmed.