Jared Fogle, the ex-pitchman for Subway, claims his 16-year prison sentence for possessing child porn and crossing state lines to have sex with a minor is too long. Not only that, he argues the judge who tried his case was biased against him because she has two teenage daughters.
In 2015, Judge Tanya Walton Pratt sentenced Jared Fogle, 40, to 15 years and eight months in prison. The punishment exceeded the one recommended under a plea agreement.
A federal appeals court upheld this sentence in 2016. But Fogle continues to fight.
He filed a motion on February 6, 2018 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, requesting that Pratt recuse herself from the case because of bias. He argues Pratt treated him unfairly because she has two teenage daughters.
When Pratt handed down the sentence, Fogle’s attorney’s argued that Pratt had abused her position as a judge by giving Fogle a longer sentence.
Fogle has been trying to get his sentence reduced ever since. As recently as January 2018, Pratt denied his motion for early release.
But this doesn’t mean Fogle can’t get out early for good behavior. He needs to serve at least 85% of his nearly 16-year sentence before qualifying for early release.
If he does qualify, Fogle will be in his 50s when he gets out of prison. Once released, he will need to register as a sex offender.
Jared Fogle Revered and Loathed in Prison
Jared Fogle’s stint in prison has not been an easy one. In early 2017, it was reported that a fellow prisoner, Steve Nigg, had attacked Fogle, leaving him with a bloody nose, swollen face, and scratches on his neck.
Nigg said he beat up Fogle because Fogle was being idolized by the other pedophiles in their Colorado prison.
“Jared is their hero,” Nigg wrote in a letter. “You would not believe how arrogant Jared was. He hired bodyguards and the other child molesters looked at him as if he was a god.”
Nigg was eventually moved to another prison. For the beating, Nigg said he gained time on his sentence, spent many months in solitary confinement, and lost commissary and email privileges.
“I have no regrets,” he said.