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Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino has paid his debt to society and earned his freedom after serving eight months behind bars for tax evasion.
The “Jersey Shore” star began serving his time at the Otisville Federal Correctional Institution in Otisville, New York in January and was released on Thursday, PEOPLE reports.
In a statement issued to the outlet, Sorrentino and his wife Lauren shared their eagerness to move forward and build their family.
“We are elated to finally close this chapter of our life. Thank you to our family, friends and fans for the continuous love and support during this time, it brought us so much peace and comfort,” their statement reads. “We look forward to continuing our life as husband and wife and working on baby situations!”
“We truly believe that the comeback is ALWAYS greater than the setback and we can’t wait to show the world ours,” they continued.
Sorrentino and his brother Marc were both sentenced for tax-related crimes in October. Mike Sorrentino was handed a sentence of eight months in federal prison followed by two years of supervised release, in addition to 500 hours of community service and a $10,000 fine, PEOPLE reports. Marc Sorrentino, who pleaded guilty to aiding in the preparation of a false and fraudulent tax return, received a 24-month prison sentence, one year of probation, and a $75,000 fine.
The brothers were accused of failing to pay taxes on nearly $9 million of income, the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey stated in a press release.
Mike Sorrentino began serving out his sentence on Jan. 15 after live-streaming his ride to the facility and sharing a positive message for his fans.
“I’m just gonna handle this and put this behind me and move forward,” he said from the backseat of a car during the streaming session.
Life behind bars wasn’t so bad for the reality TV star, however, according to his “Jersey Shore” cast mates, who were reportedly frequent visitors while he served his time. Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi reported that Sorrentino was having “the time of his life” and playing bingo with other inmates, while Vinny Guadagnino and Paul “DJ Pauly D” DelVecchio confirmed that Sorrentino shared the same prison as “the guy from the Fyre Festival,” notorious con artist Billy McFarland.
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