‘We’re living through a nightmare’: Chrisleys share thoughts ahead of sentencing


Todd Chrisley, Julie Chrisley
FILE – Todd Chrisley, left, and his wife, Julie Chrisley, pose for photos at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards on April 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. Todd and Julie Chrisley were driven by greed as they engaged in an extensive bank fraud scheme and then hid their wealth from tax authorities while flaunting their lavish lifestyle, federal prosecutors said, arguing the reality television stars should receive lengthy prison sentences. They were found guilty on federal charges in June and are set to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Eleanor Ross in a hearing that begins Monday, Nov. 21. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) Jordan Strauss/Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

‘We’re living through a nightmare’: Chrisleys share thoughts ahead of sentencing

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Reality TV stars Todd and Julie Chrisley shared their feelings surrounding their convictions before their sentencing.

While the court handed down Todd’s 12-year sentence and Julie’s seven-year sentence on Monday, a previously recorded podcast episode released Wednesday revealed the stars’ thoughts before the sentence. This podcast, Chrisley Confessions, was the pair’s weekly podcast in addition to the two reality shows Chrisley Knows Best and Growing Up Chrisley.


“Everyone knows that we’re living through a nightmare,” Julie Chrisley admitted. “I have been focused on not living in fear.”

The mother of three defined fear as her own acronym: “false evidence appearing real.”

“I know in my heart that I am a Christian,” said Julie Chrisley, who has been married to her husband for 25 years. “I believe God. I believe that God can work miracles. I believe that he will take care of my family, that if I died today, I know where I’m going. But I still have this fear.”

Todd Chrisley admitted the lifestyle they lived while they committed crimes such as conspiracy to commit bank fraud, bank fraud, conspiracy to defraud the United States, and tax fraud, as well as wire fraud and obstruction of justice on Julie Chrisley’s part, wasn’t ideal.

“Here we were, living a very nice life. But it wasn’t a life that I wanted to continue once we got into it,” Todd said. “I didn’t like that people were knocking on our doors at night and chasing us down the interstate to try to get our pictures ’cause they see us in the car.”


Todd Chrisley is slated to spend his sentence at the minimum-security Federal Prison Camp in Pensacola, and Julie Chrisley will spend hers at the low-security Federal Correctional Institution in Tallahassee. While the Chrisleys are from Georgia, the proximity of both facilities will allow their visitors to see them both within a day, according to their lawyer Bruce Morris.

The Chrisleys plan to appeal their convictions.

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