(PresidentialHill.com)- After months of complaining about the abysmal conditions at Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center, convicted socialite Ghislaine Maxwell will finally be moving to federal prison.
On Tuesday, Maxwell was sentenced to 20 years for her role in helping the late Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse teenage girls.
Maxwell’s lawyers had requested she be sentenced to only 5-1/4 years, arguing that Maxwell was being scapegoated for Epstein’s crimes. Meanwhile, the prosecution had pushed for 30 years, calling Maxwell’s conduct “shockingly predatory.”
Ultimately, US Circuit Judge Alison Nathan went with the probation department’s recommendation of 20 years, saying the sentence was “sufficient and not greater than necessary.”
Maxwell, who was convicted in December, was arrested in July 2020. Since then, she has been mostly held at Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center where she has complained about the deplorable conditions, including vermin and the scent of raw sewage in her cell. Maxwell’s lawyers had compared her conditions to those of Hannibal Lecter in the film “The Silence of the Lambs.”
Over the weekend, Maxwell was placed on suicide watch, however, her lawyers said the 60-year-old socialite was not suicidal.
After the sentencing, US Attorney for the Southern District of New York Damian Williams said Maxwell’s sentence “sends a strong message that no one is above the law.”
Bobbi Sternheim, Maxwell’s attorney, said her client will appeal the sentence that she described as an “extremely long term.” Sternheim told reporters that Maxwell has been subjected to daily “vilification and mistreatment.”
In addition to 20 years behind bars, Judge Nathan also imposed a $750,000 fine on Maxwell.
In April, the judge rejected Maxwell’s motion for an acquittal but did set aside two guilty verdicts because they overlapped. That reduced her maximum possible sentence from 65 years to 55 years.
Maxwell’s attorneys have requested that she serve her sentence at the federal low-security women’s prison in Danbury, Connecticut.