Todd and Julie Chrisley’s eldest daughter will have custody of her youngest children while their parents are in prison.
The ‘Chrisley Knows Best’ stars were found guilty of tax fraud in June and on Monday (11/21/22) Todd was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison plus 16 months probation while his wife served seven years in prison. with the same trial period.
And Savannah Chrisley, 25, has confirmed she will be looking after 16-year-old Grayson and her niece Chloe, 10 – the daughter of Todd’s son Kyle and his former partner Angela Johnson, who has been in the caregiver since 2016 her grandfather and his wife – as she reflected on the “painful” time ahead for the family.
Hours before her parents’ verdict was announced, Savannah said on her ‘Unlocked’ podcast: “I don’t know what my destiny is. I don’t know what the fate of my family is really painful and really difficult and I may come home without my parents.
“Those are the odds. That’s the probability, and that’s my new normal.
“I come home on Tuesday and have custody of the 16 year old and a 10 year old.
“And we don’t spend our first Thanksgiving as a family. I have never been away from my family on vacation. I never had to worry about where my parents were if they showed up.”
Savannah admitted she feels “guilty” inside knowing Chloe and Grayson won’t have the same sense of security with their parents.
She added: “I think that’s the hardest part. I am trying to navigate how you teach this to two younger children who are not yet fully developed. And how to get them to understand the circumstances, that’s a really, really difficult thing.”
When the couple’s verdict was announced earlier this week, investigators were keen to point out that “celebrity status” doesn’t mean people can manipulate finances without “serious consequences.”
James E. Dorsey, Special Agent in Charge for the Atlanta Field Office of the IRS Criminal Investigation, said, “This conviction demonstrates that regardless of celebrity status, an individual faces serious consequences for defrauding the American tax system.”
Todd – who also has 26-year-old Chase with Julie and 33-year-old Lindsie, and Kyle with ex-wife Teresa Terry – had asked for a maximum of nine years in prison, while his wife’s legal team did. I didn’t want her to serve any jail time at all, and prosecutors had been pushing for him to serve 22 years in prison and Julie 12 years.
The charges relate to the couple – who have insisted they are innocent – allegedly forged documents to secure up to $30 million in bank loans for personal use.