Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino is beginning his prison sentence Tuesday, and the reality star let his fans accompany him in his final moments as a free man.
Sorrentino, 36, received an eight-month prison sentence in October after pleading guilty to tax evasion. Having spent Christmas with his wife Lauren Pesce, the “Jersey Shore” star is scheduled to report to the Otisville Federal Correctional Institution in Otisville, New York on Tuesday, People reports.
Despite the prospect of spending most of his time in a prison cell for the better part of a year, the reality TV star seemed relatively positive during an Instagram Live session on his way there, Us Weekly reports.
“I’m just gonna handle this and put this behind me and move forward,” Sorrentino said as Pesce filmed, according to the outlet.
Mike Sorrentino and his brother Marc Sorrentino were indicted back in 2014 for allegedly failing to pay taxes on more than $8 million in income, the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey said in a news release. The brothers were indicted again on new but similar charges last April, and he and his brother both pleaded guilty to tax-related charges in January.
In addition to an eight-month stint in federal prison, a judge sentenced Sorrentino to 500 hours of community service and a $10,000 fine in October. He was also credited with $123,913 in restitution that he’d already paid.
Despite his recent hurdles, Sorrentino seemed optimistic about the future during Tuesday’s Instagram live session.
“The comeback is always greater than the setback,” Sorrentino said, per Us Weekly.
It’s a sentiment he’s echoed on Twitter, having posted the same quote early Tuesday morning alongside a gif that reads, “Now take me to jail.”
Marc Sorrentino, who pled guilty to one count of aiding in the preparation of a false and fraudulent tax return, received a heftier sentence than his brother — two years — in addition to a $75,000 fine, according to People. After their release, Marc will reportedly be on probation for one year while Mike will be reporting to a parole officer for two.
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