Jen Shah has requested a reduced prison sentence after pleading guilty to wire fraud.
The “Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” star – whose plea agreement calls for up to 14 years behind bars – is asking for three years in prison, court documents obtained by Page Six reveal.
“We submit that such a sentence is just and fair because it takes into account Ms. Shah’s history and characteristics, the facts and circumstances of the offense, and meets that a court imposes a sentence that is ‘not greater than necessary’ to achieve the goals of punishment,” Shah’s attorney, Priya Chaudhry, wrote in a sentencing submission filed on Friday.
Shah’s legal team listed several reasons why she should serve the reduced sentence, arguing that the reality star had no “direct contact” with the alleged victims and that her “history and characteristics” align with a smaller sentencing.
Her lawyers emphasized how much “this case has already cost” Shah, 49, and caused “embarrassment, fear and shame” for her family – husband Sharrieff Shah, 51, and sons Sharrieff Shah Jr., 28, and Omar, 19.
“Jen would never do anything to risk more harm to her children,” Jen’s attorney argued. “She knows the emotional and psychological toll that her sons have already been forced to pay. These are harms for which she will spend the rest of her life atoning.”
The Bravolebrity also submitted a statement accepting “complete responsibility” for the “terrible business decisions” she made.
The three-page statement – which has been largely redacted – went on to explain how the “personal painful experiences” of losing her father and grandmother as well as being cast for “RHOSLC” gave her a “real chance to escape” her previous business ventures.
“My poor judgment and bad business associations caused innocent people to lose their money and be victimized by investing in poorly structured businesses/products that I influenced or controlled,” Jen concluded. “For that, I am genuinely sorry, and I will work for the rest of my life to make it right.”
Jen will learn her fate on Jan. 6, 2023. She changed her plea to guilty days before she was set to stand trial for allegedly running a nationwide telemarketing scheme.
Jen’s request for a lower sentencing came the same day she announced she wouldn’t be attending the “RHOSLC” Season 3 reunion and blasted Bravo for finding it “unsatisfactory” that she wouldn’t be able to discuss her legal woes.