Former procurer and confidante of Jeffery Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell, has been sentenced to twenty years in federal prison for sex-trafficking minor aged girls.
The sentence which was passed on June 28 by Judge Alison Nathan, brings to an end a lengthy court case. Maxwell was accused of grooming teenage girls, and sexually abusing them with the knowledge of Epstein; who was also an offender. During Tuesday’s hearing, Ghislaine Maxwell retracted her earlier decision; addressing victims who narrated their haunting ordeal.
The sixty-year-old failed to testify during a trial last year, solidifying a conviction of five counts to her; but took to the podium just before the sentence was passed.
‘Jeffrey Epstein should have been here before all of you.. It is not about Epstein, ultimately. It is for me to be sentenced,’ she said leg-shackled.
Maxwell, who was represented by defense lawyer Christian Everdell, also took responsibility for her actions, despite blaming her decisions on a difficult childhood. She once made a plea for a lighter sentence but hoped her fate will bring the victims recompense.
‘I am sorry for the pain that you’ve experienced.. I hope my conviction … brings you closure.’
In the proceedings of the Ghislaine Maxwell sex-trafficking scandal, prosecutors had requested for 30 to 55 years prison sentence from judge Nathan; while the probation department deemed 20 years as appropriate. Maxwell’s legal rep however pleaded for a sentence between 4.25 and 5.25 years. Sighting the victims’ disturbing testimonies and Maxwell’s ‘direct and repeated participation in a horrific scheme’, Judge Nathan delivered a slightly harsher sentence, despite calculation guidelines called for about 15½ to 19½ years in prison.
‘Miss Maxwell is not punished in place of Epstein.. Miss Maxwell is being punished for the role that she played.
‘Today’s sentence will attempt to acknowledge the harm that Ms. Maxwell has caused, Judge Nathan said.
Ghislaine Maxwell was also sentenced to five years of supervised release and a $750,000 fine, though her legal counsel stated she is unable to pay. A total of four women testified in court on Tuesday against Maxwell, describing the long-lasting effects of the abuse they suffered from Maxwell and Epstein.
She will now do her time at a federal prison in Danbury, Connecticut; as stated by Judge Nathan.