After a federal judge in Georgia sentenced reality TV stars Todd and Julie Chrisley to prison on Monday for tax evasion and bank fraud, their children are asking the public to “not judge.”
Kyle Chrisley, the son of Todd Chrisley and his ex-wife Teresa Terry, posted a Bible verse on his Instagram stories on Tuesday. In passages from the New Testament of the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus warns his disciples: “Do not judge, otherwise you too will be judged.”
“For as you judge others, so you will be judged, and with what measure I measure, so will I measure to you,” – says the remaining verses. “Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but ignore the log in your own eye?”
Minutes after Monday’s sentencing, Kayla’s sister, Savannah Chrisleyshared her cryptic defense on Instagram: a screenshot of Pastor Kimberly Jones-Pothier’s tweet referencing the story of Noah and the ark.
“Noah did not stop building the ark to explain himself to all who doubted and hated him.” quote said. “Keep building your ark. The rain will speak.”
Todd Chrisley received 12 years in prison with 16 months of probation, while his wife, Julie Chrisley, was sentenced to seven years in prison and 16 months of probation, authorities said.
The couple, who rose to fame on USA Network’s hit show Chrisley Knows Best, were both charged in 2019 with conspiracy to commit bank fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy to defraud the United States and tax fraud. Julie Chrisley was also charged with fraud and obstruction of justice. They were found guilty as charged in June.
Kyle Chrisley’s defense began after being estranged from his family. He also starred in Chrisley Knows Best, but left after the first season to deal with his drug addiction. Todd and Julie Chrisley were granted custody of his 10-year-old daughter, Chloe.
After sentencing, Savannah Chrisley is revealed in the podcast episode that she now has custody of the child, as well as Chrisley’s youngest son, 16-year-old Grayson. Grayson Chrisley was hospitalized over the weekend with a head injury after he crashed his truck into a line of cars stuck in traffic on a highway in Nashville, police told The Times.
“I can go home without both of my parents,” Savannah Chrisley said in the final episode of “Chrisley Knows Best,” taped before the sentencing hearing and released late Monday. “This is my new normal. I’m coming home on Tuesday, and I’m taking care of a 16-year-old and a 10-year-old, and we’re having our first Thanksgiving away from home.”
She went on to ask listeners for “grace” and understanding, and to stop the “negative” and “hateful” comments posted on social media.
Prosecutors alleged that the Chrisleys submitted false documents to banks when they applied for loans to finance their expensive lifestyle. They said Julie Chrisley also submitted a false credit report and fake bank statements when she tried to rent a home in California, and that the couple refused to pay rent months after they started using the home.
Prosecutors said the couple, along with their accountant Peter Tarantino, who was also convicted Monday for his role in the situation, planned to defraud the Internal Revenue Service to avoid paying taxes. The Chrisleys didn’t file tax returns or pay any taxes from 2013 to 2016, even though their wealth accumulated while they starred in their reality show, which debuted in 2014.
“As this sentence proves, when you lie, cheat and steal, justice cannot see your fame, fortune or position,” Carrie Farley, special agent in charge of the FBI in Atlanta, said in a statement after Monday’s sentencing.
Some social media users reacted to the verdict by drawing comparisons to former President Trump, whose company is facing tax fraud charges in a New York court.
After years of hiding his tax returns, the US Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected President Trump’s request to protect his tax returns from being turned over to Congress, which seeks to provide oversight of his financial affairs.
“Wait, we can put Todd and Julie Chrisley in jail for fraud and tax evasion, but we still haven’t put Trump in jail for, I don’t know, tax fraud and evasion, or maybe coup attempt, or theft profit. secret documents, or obstruction of justice… and the list goes on.” written by Mike Singtona former NBCUniversal executive.
Chrisley Knows Best was originally set in Georgia, where Todd Chrisley made his fortune in real estate development before moving to Nashville during the show’s fourth season. After nine seasons, USA Network canceled the series, but still planned to air the pretrial episodes of its 10th season next year. Deadline reported.
Savannah Chrisley’s spin-off show Growing up Chrisley has also reportedly been axed from the E! News.
Both television networks are owned by NBCUniversal, which has yet to officially comment on the fate of the Chrisley family’s show.