AMY Duggar has pleaded for her “brainwashed” cousin Anna to divorce her husband Josh, as he has been sentenced to 12 years in prison on child pornography charges.
In 'n eksklusiewe onderhoud met The Sun, Amy, 35, begged for her cousin-in-law to divorce the convicted felon.
Amy told The Sun: “There could be a better life. I heard a quote, ‘Your first love might have been a great love, but it might not be your best love.’
“There could be a whole other life for her that she could have if she could see how dark and evil Josh truly is. She’s delusional.”
Amy even opened her home to Anna and their seven young children she shares with Josh, as she continued: “We have room here! We can make bunk beds. We can do whatever it is to help. You have to ask for it, you have to reach out. We’ve tried.”
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Die Thirty1Thirty clothing owner revealed the last time she spoke to Anna was in November, as she “acted like nothing was wrong.”
Amy blamed the family’s Institute in Basic Life Principles religion for Anna’s decision to stand by her husband, as she explained: “Once you’re in IBLP you’re brainwashed into believing whatever your husband tells you or someone you respect tells you.
“It’s an umbrella of protection is what they call it. Your husband is over you and you trust them no matter what. You never ask questions and you never think for yourself. You’re not allowed to. You’re not supposed to.”
‘IT’S SO SAD’
The mother of son Daxton, 2, vervolg: “I don’t know how you could not think he was guilty after all the trial.
“I know he’s guilty. I feel like the whole world knows he’s guilty. If she wants to turn a blind eye. Maybe that’s her way of surviving and coping through all of this.
“There is a darker side to him, a terrible side.”
When asked if Anna would leave if Josh got a sentence over his requested five years behind bars, antwoord sy: “I have no idea. I haven’t thought about that. More than likely. There is a big possibility of that happening. Which is terrible. It’s so sad.”
Anna and Josh have been married for 13 years and share seven children together.
Anna attended every court hearing and day of trial, as she was also in the front row at sentencing.
Josh’s attorney, Justin Gelfand, mentioned Anna’s support while describing his client, as she “knows him best” despite the charges against him.
According to The Sun’s court reporter, Josh appeared stoic as he received his sentence, which also includes $50,100 in fines.
As he read his decision, the judge called Josh’s crimes “the sickest of the sick” to the packed courtroom.
He then said to Josh: “You have done some very bad things. But in your life as a whole, you’ve done good things… The true test of a man’s character is what a man does when no one is watching.”
Referring to Josh’s insistence that he’s innocent, the judge continued: “I find it aggravating about the lack of responsibility.”
Joy-Anna and Jason appeared saddened by the judge’s decision, while Anna and Jim Bob remained emotionless.
When the judge adjourned court, Josh hugged and shook his lawyers’ hands, then he turned around and gave Anna the “Ek het jou lief” hand gesture used in sign language.
Anna was seen holding back tears as she stormed from the courtroom and to her car.
The oldest Duggar son requested just five years in prison, while the prosecution demanded he receives the maximum sentence of 20 jare behind bars.
Amy told The Sun when asked how long she believed her cousin should be sentenced: “There is a bible verse, Luke 17:2. ‘It’s better to hang a millstone over your head and jump into the ocean if you’re going to hurt one of my little ones.’
“I’m sure he’s watched several children get hurt. If the bible says jump in the ocean and drown, how long would that equal in prison?”
She continued that 20 years in prison “isn’t enough” for her cousin.
Sy het verduidelik: “It’s not justice for the children. There will never be justice for the children. Twenty years isn’t enough.”
When Amy learned of the child pornography arrest that took place in April 2021, she said her “heart sank so low that day and it’s never honestly come back up.”
Sy gaan voort: “It’s been one long hard heartbreak for the children. It’s so heavy. ek was geskok. Absolutely shocked.
“I knew he had a pornography problem, but I had no idea it went to the lowest of the low. Very demonic. Extremely demonic to enjoy that.
“Where did the turn happen? What caused this to happen? My only thought is there is trauma somewhere. I don’t know if that trauma has been announced. I don’t know who caused it. I don’t know what happened.”
Amy continued that Josh has been “protected” his whole life, as he was the oldest out of 19 kinders.
But she insisted that patriarch Jim bob, who she is no longer on speaking terms with, “can’t stop him from going to prison.”
Sy het gese: “He’s in for a rude awakening very much so, I don’t know how he’s feeling. I don’t know if he feels like he has a good legal team and maybe it’ll work out for him. Hoe dan ook, whatever prison he goes to is probably going to feel like a year every single day. He has no idea what’s to come.
“At this point, I think he’s lost his dang mind. He was privileged growing up. Weren’t we all? We were part of a TV show. You grow up on camera you think, you have perks. I don’t think he’s ever really repented and taken responsibility for his actions because he’s never had to until now.”
‘HE’S A MONSTER’
Amy hasn’t reached out to her cousin and she has no plans to, as she said: “I would not speak to him. I have nothing to say. I have nothing to say. I never knew him. I never knew him.
“What a terrible life he’s lived and will be living. He’s a monster.”
But Amy did have something to say to Judge Timothy L. Brooks.
In 'n letter she read to The Sun, which wasn’t used by the prosecution, she broke down as she begged the judge to not go easy on her cousin.
She read: “Dear Honorable Judge Brooks, my other family members have written to you with pleads of leniency for my cousin. They want you to consider his good acts instead of his heinous crimes. This is not that kind of letter.
“I am not interested in providing false character references for Josh as my other family members have so recklessly done. I trust this court doesn’t need reminding that godly men of good character don’t commit unspeakable crimes against children or that returning this monster to a family with young children without severe long-lasting consequences would surely be a disaster.
“Offering leniency as his legal team has requested would be an appalling slap in the face to the children already so grievously harmed. The harsh sentence this Court could impose could still never come close for the children hurt by these sinister acts. It upset me greatly to see that no one who chose to provide a character reference for Josh expressed any concern for the victims. None.”
Amy continued: “My cousin and his supporters would like you to believe that this is a victimless crime, but it is not. I want to remind the court that this is not only the victim that has been hurt, but their entire families.
“Everyone’s lives have been altered because of what my cousin has done. As for Josh’s character, I am just so grateful that I was protected from my cousin as a child. 20 years isn’t enough. I truly believe that he will offend again, and my heart is with the victims and with you Judge Brooks.
“We are grateful for your wisdom in this matter, please hear us.”
LEARNING TO HEAL
Amy did not attend the sentencing, as she wanted to “protect” her “mind and heart” from the crimes.
In plaas daarvan, Amy spent the day with her mother Deanna, who is the sister of Jim Bob, and son.
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Sy het gese: “I will be spending it with my son at the zoo. I am going to be so grateful for the life I have and the husband I have. He is so faithful. He is so good to me. I am not going to focus on the other.
“He’s going to go away for a really long time. He’s going to go away and he’s going to get the same treatment that he watched those kids, it’s going to happen, guaranteed.”
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