This week the news came that Josh Duggar will spend 151 months in prison without the possibility of parole, after his trial on child pornography charges in Arkansas in late 2021. Duggar sibling will also deal with limitations in the 20 years following his release from prison. Aside from his conviction, his family is coming to terms with what the judge has decided and how the case turned out as a whole and the likes of Jill Duggar Dillard, Amy Duggar King and Jason Duggar have all had different reactions to what happened.
Speaking of Jill and her husband Derick Dillard, you may already know that the two were largely estranged from certain family members and talked about issues with Jim Bob Duggar and how they were paid for work on Count on in the past. Even so, they still keep an eye on what’s going on in the Duggar fold and are still emotionally connected to the events with Josh Duggar, writing:
An important thing to note is that Josh Duggar has not acknowledged a role in any of the charges levied against him. Duggar pleaded “not guilty” in court and his defense legal team tried to argue that another person may have been the one who had access to the computer where the child pornography was downloaded from the car dealership. Even in 2015, when the Ashley Madison fraud scandal and molestation report rocked the Duggar family, Josh reportedly showed “no regrets” about the situation he had put himself and his family in.
Jill and Derick Dillard also noted in the post on their family site that it is “unfortunate” that it would take a jail term for “Josh to have any potential for rehabilitation.”
Beyond the Dillards, cousin Amy Duggar King Has Been Open About Her Feelings Regarding Josh Duggar in the past and tweeted multiple times on the day of Josh Duggar’s sentencing. She has been clear with her messages, telling The sun she had contacted Josh’s wife, Anna and had not heard back, even allegedly offering their seven children a place to stay. She also told the outlet that she is confident in the former reality star’s guilt.
She wasn’t the last Duggar clan member to speak out, but Jason Duggar’s sibling spoke about forgiveness in his own post, sharing on Instagram Stories:
Jason also said in his post that he hopes the jail sentence will bring about “a real change” in Josh Duggar’s life. Meanwhile, Judge Timothy L. Brooks recommended a prison with a rehabilitation program in Texas, although a second prison in Arkansas may also be on the table.
Patriarch Jim Bob Duggar and Anna Duggar, who were both present at Josh’s sentencing, have not yet commented on the final verdict. Jim Bob and Michelle previously wrote a statement after Josh was convicted late last year.