AceShowbiz - Josh Duggar has something to say to his wife Anna Duggar after his sentencing hearing. The disgraced former reality star sent his final message to his spouse as the hearing in Fayetteville, Arkansas ended.
The Sun reported on Wednesday, May 25 that after the judge sentenced him to more than twelve and a half years in prison, the former "Counting On" star hugged and shook his lawyers' hands. He later turned his body around and gave his wife Anna the "I love you" hand gesture used in sign language.
Josh was ordered to serve to 151 months in federal prison and pay $50,000 in fines after he was found guilty of receiving and possessing child pornography. Once he is released, he will have an additional 20 years of supervision by a parole officer.
Following the hearing, Anna was spotted leaving the courthouse looking heartbroken and depressed. The mother-of-seven has consistently been one of Josh's biggest supporters, refusing to file for divorce and insisting he's an innocent man throughout the bombshell court case.
While Anna appeared distressed, Josh's cousin Amy Duggar said that "twelve and a half years isn't enough." She further told Celebuzz!, "But I hope that every single second he's there feels like an eternity."
In a recent Instagram post, Amy asked Anna to reconsider her marriage to Josh. "Anna, I feel for you," Amy began. "No woman wants to be in your shoes. You're faced with an impossible decision and you're being surrounded by the wrong kind of support."
"I need you to understand that there is no shame in divorcing Josh," Amy continued. "Someday your kids will be old enough to understand what kind of guy their father really is. You can't protect them from the truth for forever!"
Amy further defended her decision to send Anna the message publicly, "I'm saying all of this publicly so that when they do grow up, they will also know that they had family members shouting from the rooftops that they were worth protecting all along." She added, "Your children look up to you so much… Please be the role model they need in their life. Dillon and I are more than willing to help you."
"Josh has chosen how history will remember him," Amy penned, "By staying and supporting him you're allowing him to choose that for you, too. And I know standing up to all of this seems impossible now, but as a Mama, your instinct to protect your kids always has to be stronger than your fear." She then concluded her lengthy post as saying, "The only people you would upset by leaving are the ones willing to sacrifice you and your children's safety to protect Josh and his secrets."